Considering today's news, this great Esquire story from last month about why the USPS is so goddamned necessary is suddenly required reading all over again. (Here's the single page version.)
Want to send a letter to Talkeetna, Alaska, from New York? It will cost you fifty dollars by UPS. Grabenhorst or Lipscomb can do it for less than two quarters: the same as the cost of getting a letter from Gold Hill to Shady Cove, Oregon, twenty miles up the road.