Early this week the U.S. Postal Service announced it will change its policy and will allow images of people who are still alive to be featured on stamps. And the service invited the public to nominate candidates on Facebook.
This comes at a time when there is real doubt about the Post Office’s future. The organization does not receive taxpayer funding, but it is under the control of Congress. At a time when the public’s use of traditional mail service is in decline, the post office still has to meet all the requirements congress sets out for it while fulfilling its financial obligations - all with less money. This has led to discussions about discontinuing Saturday delivery and closing thousands of post offices.
This week, postal workers in Minneapolis rallied to ask for changes in the laws that govern the USPS – changes they say will help the organization stay solvent.
Nancy Skalkos filed this report.