This leads to people having all sorts of opinions about the situation -- some of which are based on facts -- but others which are adamantly stated but factually wrong (sigh, my favorite combination!).
For instance, we commonly hear people demanding to know why our tax dollars are subsidizing the post office, and declaring that the USPO "is an expensive and bloated relic that should be replaced by competitive private business" (as someone posted on one of my threads).
Except both of these assertions just aren't true. We need to see the facts accurately in order to understand which changes are helpful and which ones are harmful. Through that, we can help keep the USPO as a key institution in our society, economy, and democracy.
So what are the key facts that I think we all need to know about the USPO today?