Snail Mail Struggles: The Postal Service Series Since its creation in 1775, the U.S. Postal Service has been delivering mail and helping knit together the nation. But in the digital age, it is losing money. NPR examines the challenges facing the Postal Service as those who head it push to raise rates and reduce delivery to five days a week.
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Snail Mail Struggles: The Postal Service Series

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The old Hacker Valley Post Office building. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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Robyn Hales, a resident of East Cleveland, Ohio, and daughter of a mail carrier, was a vocal protester against the post office cutbacks. Bridget Caswell for NPR hide caption

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Post Office Cuts Cause Economic, Emotional Blow

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Its unofficial motto may be that "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night" will stop mail deliveries, but the digital age has been challenging for the Postal Service as people e-mail, text and fax to communicate. Kelly Etzel/AP/Cedar Rapids Gazette hide caption

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