Comparisons between community banks and the U.S. Postal Service may make readers squirm. After all, who wants to be compared to an organization responsible for the phrase "going postal"?
Still, lessons can be drawn from its long, rocky history. First, the parallels: Community banks and post offices rely on a network of far-flung, brick-and-mortar offices dotting small towns throughout the U.S. More than economic generators, they've helped build the social and civic fabric of those communities.
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