"Other critics warn that ceasing Saturday service will be the first step down an irreversible “death spiral.”...
For millions of workers, including veterans and African-Americans, a job at the post office has been a ticket to the middle class and has provided a pension and medical care to retirees. The Postal Service is the country’s second largest civilian employer, after Walmart."
How the Post Office Made America
By RICHARD R. JOHN
Published: February 8, 2013
The New York Times