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Stamp of approval

Stamp of approval

Maryland received something of a surprise honor this week with the unveiling of a Forever Stamp honoring Assateague Island National Seashore and its wild ponies, one in a series of 16 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. It's a stunning photograph of two wild ponies grazing on the island's marshland at sunset, a tribute to the natural beauty of the 37-mile-long coastal island shared by Maryland and Virginia.

Yet while this stamp and its haunting image will last forever — if not as first-class postage then at least in the hands of collectors — the same can't be said of the U.S. Postal Service. Last month, USPS...