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USPS doesn't operate on tax money and none has been requested. The big problem is not competition with email, etc., but the required future funding of retiree healthcare. An answer to that has passed the senate (no, not more taxes) but has been stalled by the Republican leadership. See response to beenhereawhile #1.
Actually, if you'll re-read the first paragraph, "might" was never used to discribe the certainty Civil War Veterans were visiting the post office. Of course they were. Most of them would only have been in their mid sixties to early seventies. Do the math. My own great grandfather, a Gettysburg veteran, didn't pass away until the late 1920's. The last of that group is said to have passed away in 1959 -- some 47 years beyond the opening of the downtown post office.
How old is "old" you think? Beyond its useful life? Seems pretty busy when I'm in there. Really, it's not even "our money" we would spend to keep it open. The major problem is the unprecidented -- yes, unprecidented and even unique burden which has been placed on the USPS to fund future health care. What other entity is required to do that to the length and degree of USPS. Look it up. To save our post office would require only to convince Congress to remove or reduce the burden.
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