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Andy Rooney On the Postal Service

By Ed O'Keefe

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The Eye has said it before and will say it again: His Sunday is incomplete without "60 Minutes." Last night's episode did not disappoint, especially when resident curmudgeon Andy Rooney weighed in on the plight of the U.S. Postal Service. Let's just say he does not want it touched.

To wit:

"We have a lot of things that need cutting, but Post Offices are not among them. There's something special about a letter, we all like to get them. An e-mail on the other hand has all the charm of a freight train. When I was growing up, we all knew when the mailman was coming, and we waited for him, even though we hardly ever got a letter. People actually wrote letters to each other though, which they don't do as much anymore. They e-mail each other. I would rather have a mailman or a woman, deliver junk mail to me, then to get an e-mail."

Postmaster General John E. Potter will appear Thursday at the National Press Club to discuss how his colleagues plan to make fiscal year 2010 more profitable than the last. The Postal Service is also expected to issue its updated list of possible closures or consolidations later this week.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 5, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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I used to have 2 mailboxes along my route to the bus in which to deposit morning mail. Today both are gone. I carry the mail on the bus and deposit it when I get near my office. What is ironic is that I carry my mail interstate to mail it. Thus, bills from my home state are then trucked back to my home state to be delivered to my local gas/electric/water/cable companies.

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