Danger Lurking in Your Mailbox

Do you remember 10 years ago when it was becoming a scary thing to open the mail? In the weeks following the September 11th attacks details began coming forward about letters sent through the United States Postal Service laced with anthrax. Over a two month period nearly 20 people were infected with anthrax and five died, including Connecticut’s Ottilie Lundgren (a 94 year-old widow from Oxford).

Heading to the mailbox, for some, became something to have anxiety over. No longer was our biggest complaint about unwanted credit card offers and other junk mail. Instead, our treasured catalogs and cards from friends were now potential weapons. While the government officials asserted that Lundgren wasn’t targeted, it was almost more unsettling. Were random mailboxes vulnerable to terrorism?

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You’ve Got Mail! On Second Thought, Maybe Not.

USPS Automated Postal Center

USPS Automated Postal Center

“You’ve Got Mail.” No, not that kind of mail. Snail mail, delivered to your mailbox via the United States Postal Service. However, according to the Postmaster General you’re not getting enough snail mail and the USPS may be forced to shutter some 3,700 post offices around the U.S. A list of possible closure sites was released, Connecticut has 15 offices on the chopping block, however most locations were the second or even third (or more) locations within a single city.

But, is this a bad thing? They are closing post offices because folks aren’t flocking to them.

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