Post Haste

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This month, the U.S. Postal Service is moving forward with its plan to cut service hours and close stores nationwide, despite the continued existence of exchanges, such as Postcrossing and The Rumpus’s own Letters in the Mail (ahem!).

Morning Edition reports on a family hit especially hard by this news. The Woods, who have owned and operated the post office in their northern Florida town for over 100 years, recently spoke with StoryCorps about their efforts to preserve the family business:

“We get people coming in there, and I don’t care whether they’re from Montana, Maine or wherever. They say, ‘This is just like the little post office in the little town where I grew up,'” Freddie [Wood] says. “They say, ‘That’s gone now, but don’t let nothing happen to this. Let it be like it is.'”


Rebecca Rubenstein is the Editor-in-Chief of Midnight Breakfast. When not reading books made of paper, she can be found thinking aloud on Twitter. She resides in San Francisco and maintains a healthy relationship with the fog. Rebecca is Interviews Editor Emeritus for The Rumpus. More from this author →