Featured Video: A Jolly Defense of the Postal Service
With this week's news about draconian cuts at the USPS, including the possible elimination of next-day first-class mail and the closing of distribution centers that could force some publishers out of the print business for good, it's fitting to remember the postal service's importance to the economic and cultural progress of our country.
Today we offer a seasonally appropriate demonstration of both, in a classic scene from that most beloved of Christmas movies, Miracle on 34th Street. We all remember Kris Kringle's lawyer, played by John Payne, using letters to exonerate Father Christmas in court—but do you remember the substance of his argument?
Watching this scene feels ironic and bittersweet today, with the future of mail delivery as we know it in doubt. Things were very different in 1947; as the district attorney, played by Jerome Cowan, says, "Your honor, I'm sure we're all gratified to know that the post office department is doing so nicely ... it is efficient, authoritative and prosperous!"