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Host Scott Simon reads from a collection of listeners' letters. They include responses to his interview last week with Robert Kustra, the president of Boise State, about college football's Bowl Championship Series.


Time now for your letters.

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SIMON: We heard from passionate defenders of the U.S. Postal Service after our story last week about potential budget cuts, including the end of Saturday mail service.

Mr. JOSEPH CORBETT (U.S. Postal Service): Delivery cost is what makes up almost half of our entire cost, so over $30 billion dollars a year. We're doing what we can to be efficient there, but what we really need to do is simply reduce the number of trips.

SIMON: Karl Halfman of Sacramento, California says he pays his bills by U.S. mail and writes: I figure that my first-class stamp supports the letter carriers who pick up and drop off of my mail, the postal workers who process and sort my mail, the pilots and truck drivers who move my mail. He adds: While many may think technology means convenience, I think it means killing jobs that pay a living wage.

Last week we spoke with Bob Kustra, the president of Boise State, after the school's football team lost their shot to play for a national title in the upcoming Bowl Championship Series, or BCS. It's been a matter of debate in the college football world about whether the bowl game system lets a smaller school with a great team like Boise or Texas Christian play for a national title.

Duffy Johnson writes on our Web site: Collegiate football teams, athletic programs and fans are yearning for a playoff system that will allow underdogs to have a fair shot at a national championship. Not only would this be infinitely more fair to all the teams, but it would make the national championship a truly exciting event.

But Lee Barnard writes at I like underdogs. I cheer for underdogs -but enough of the whining already. Sure, college football is about money. But hey, what major college sport isn't?

Judith Viorst shared some poetry from her book about growing older, "Unexpectedly 80."

Vivian Smith of Falls Church, Virginia sent us her own poem: We take ourselves lightly, it helps us survive. Enjoy the day. Hey, I'm still alive. Most people show us a certain respect. We accept it. We've earned it. Enjoy what we get. And we all know a secret the young fear to hear. Someday, if they're lucky, they too will be here.

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PINK MARTINI (Music Band): (Singing) Come, they told me. Pa rum pum pum pum...

SIMON: And we heard from both longtime and brand new fans of Pink Martini, who performed some holiday songs on last week's program.

Calvin Glover of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina was doing laundry when he heard our interview and writes: I had a Whirlpool moment. Just got a little bit misty when you and your guests started talking about "Do You Hear What I Hear?" and "Little Drummer Boy." All sorts of thoughts and memories flashed in for a moment. What a fine segment and what fine performers.

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