I'm reading through this thread and I'm seeing a lot of appeals to emotion. But the fact is the post office is an economic drain, and it needs to be on the chopping block. We can't govern based on warm and fuzzy feeling from our childhood. We can cut the post office and life will go on. People will just have to start using fedex or ups or dhl. It's irrational support for wasteful government spending in areas where entrepreneurs simply do the same thing better, and we can't afford to subsidize nostalgia.
The lack of government meddling in the postage industry will lead to enhanced competition, and net economic stimulus for this country. Better yet, there is no way to outsource postage delivery jobs, so they stay right here. This is one instance where I think everybody can agree the free market knows best.