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EDUCATORS ’ PERSPECTIVE identifying key drivers of profitability , it may have been able to mitigate some of the financial distress it has endured over the years . But then again , the ever-present problem of congressional meddling in the affairs of the Postal Service may have simply nullified any benefits from such a system .
Brian Grinder is a professor at Eastern Washington University and a member of Financial History ’ s editorial board . Dr . Dan Cooper is the president of Active Learning Technologies .
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1 . According to Samuel H . Williamson ’ s Seven Ways to Compute the Relative Value of a U . S . Dollar Amount , 1790 to Present ( MeasuringWorth , 2022 https :// www . measuringworth . com / calculators / uscompare /), $ 17 million 1909 dollars was worth about $ 500 million in 2020 .
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