As the cost of gasoline and diesel rises, so does inflationary pressure, especially in businesses focused on transportation such as the airline and trucking industry. And the national postal service. Fact is, the U.S. postal service delivery network expands by up to 2 million new addresses every year. Meanwhile, revenue income per delivery is decreasing. According to the postmaster general, delivery operations remain the largest and most challenging cost area for the USPS. Driven largely by the rising price of fuel, USPS's cost of fuel has increased more than 82% since 1999. Yet, unlike many commercial delivery services, USPS has not imposed fuel surcharges on its customers. Also, as population continues to shift to the south and west and within metropolitan areas, increases in mobility and immigration continue to pressure costs on mailing address management, mail forwarding, postal retail operations and delivery, especially in rapidly growing communities. Although many of today's internet-savvy generation have turned to online billpay services, there are still a few throwbacks, like me, who prefer to pay bills by mail and continue to "snail mail" letters and cards to family and friends. A first-class postage stamp is still less than half a buck, largely due to efficiently managed postal operations and the hard working men and women who deliver mind-boggling volumes of mail everday - literally through rain, shine and the occasional tropical depression. So let's hear it for the postman. All together now: Hip Hip Hooray!