I’m not a fan of designing our lives around the lowest common denominators — life can’t be made 100% safe no matter how hard we try — but in the super-charged litigious age we live in, I suppose this kind of over-reaction is inevitable:

The U.S. Postal Service, citing security and privacy concerns of children, will no longer forward “Dear Santa” letters to the Alaska town of North Pole, putting in jeopardy the town’s 55-year-old volunteer letter-answering effort by the town.

The concern is that names, addresses and other private information about small children could get into the wrong hands.

Postal Service officials note that a postal worker last year in Maryland recognized a volunteer in the agency’s Operation Santa program as a registered sex offender, the Associated Press reports.

Oh, I don’t know, I think my kids are a lot safer mailing their “Dear Santa” letters to Alaska than sitting on the laps of any number of Mall Santas — some of whom look like they’re just this side of parole.

Or… is this just a cost-cutting measure for a U.S. Postal Service that’s bleeding cash and looking for places to make cuts? If so, look for the cost-cutting excuse to catch on with other businesses:

“Johnson, you’re being laid off.”

“Why?”

“We’re protecting you… somebody spotted Peterson from accounting on the sex offender registry.”

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