What’s this? The US Postal Service has closed up Operation Santa? For over 100 years, people would “adopt” a letter to Santa from a down-and-out family, and then shop for, and deliver presents to the children. It was all so…. so…. Christmas-like. But reality has set in, according to the New York Times. Somewhere — the authorities won’t say where — a sex offender got one of the letters. And that was enough to wrap up the program.
Perhaps we should’ve known the end was near last year when the Postal Service started requiring photo IDs and legal waivers, absolving the Postal Service from any legal responsibility if something goes wrong.
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
NewsCut is a blog featuring observations about the news. It provides a forum for an online discussion and debate about events that might not typically make the front page. NewsCut posts are not news stories but reflections , observations, and debate.