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Postal Service losing money. What can you do to help? Write more letters.

The Postal Service might have to make big changes to save money.
The Postal Service might have to make big changes to save money. (Mark Gail/the Washington Post)
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Post office seeks stamp of approval

-- You probably use e-mail a lot, but how often do you use snail mail -- the handwritten kind that needs a stamp and gets delivered to your house? Everyone loves to get mail, but in recent years fewer people are using mail because so much communication happens through e-mail, instant message and texting.

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This is a big problem for the U.S. Postal Service: It is losing a lot of money because it is selling much less postage yet still has to pay for its offices, employees and trucks.

A new report says the Postal Service needs to make some big changes. The possible solutions include no longer delivering mail on Saturday starting next year, charging more for stamps (a letter stamp now costs 44 cents) and closing some post offices. We have another idea for KidsPost readers that could help: Write more letters. Here's a start: "Dear Grandma . . . "


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