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TODAY’S TOPICS: Oct. 28, 2014

Cause, meet effect: A Government Accountability Office report found that the Postal Service’s past plant closures and changes in delivery standards have increased delivery times for first-class mail and magazines. And now the operationally profitable USPS plans to close or consolidate another 82 mail processing facilities, a move that would make things even harder for customers and drive more business away. (The Times-Picayune, New Orleans)

Delayed news: The National Newspaper Association wants USPS to realize that newspaper subscribers who receive issues through the mail want those issues on time. But proposed closures and changes in service standards would be detrimental for the struggling newspaper industry—not to mention for the Postal Service. (Bladen Journal, Elizabethtown, NC)

Stamp of approval: Even in the Digital Age, stamps still matter. Just ask the stamp collectors who gathered for their 100th anniversary celebration in New York City recently. (CBS News)