It’s been expected for eons, but still: today’s news that the U.S. Postal Service will eliminate Saturday service for first-class mail on August 1 was mildly shocking in a sign-of-the-times kinda way. I’m just old enough to dimly recall twice-a-day weekday postal delivery (mostly phased out in the 1950s and early 1960s where it existed at all). But with the high percentage of snail mail these days that is composed of unsolicited junk, Saturday delivery won’t be missed as it once surely would have been.

But for certain lovelorn folk, maybe any day without delivery will be painful:

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.