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17 July 2009

Hickey Goes Postal

Just a matter of time, right? I digress...
Need to run out the door in a few, but couldn't do so without drawing your attention to today's Inquirer, in which I have a column. With last week off from Metro-izing, I wrote about how technology has forced the U.S. Postal Service to take a good, long look at itself at a time when people are going anywhere but the post office to buy stamps, etc.
"We have to live within our means, and sometimes that means cutting," Frey said. "We need to be efficient."
Think of it as the next phase in mail-service evolution: pony to Jeep to iMac. Forward-thinking technological initiatives do right by customers. But if they mean even fewer will need to go to the post office or use mail for any correspondence, it's hard to see how job losses aren't the next shoes to drop.

Now if you'll excuse me, it's off to a doctor's appointment. Hopefully, he can tell me how to not get all greedly a la Augustus Gloop on Monday when I'm on the field pre-Phils/Cubs game.


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