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Questionably philanthropic,
Her existence has been quite the topic.

Should she go? Should she stay?
Not a gift, either way.
Should she stay? Should she go?
Either way, 'twill be slow!

Her charity's surely iconic.

She is:

hint

Tell me who she is and how the answer relates to the riddle.

EDIT:
-Clarified that the translated code IS the answer.
-Asked that relevance to the riddle be included in the answer.

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The barcode is the postal code from the bottom of letters and translates to:

US Postal Service

Reasoning:

Using the information found here, you can turn each of the barcodes into numbers.

The numbers read:

85 83
80 111 115 116 97 108
83 101 114 118 105 99 101

Translated, from ASCII, this is the above answer.

This matches the riddle, because:

There have been debates and discussions, in recent years as to the postal service being necessary anymore. You can find a number of related articles by searching google for "Should the US Postal Service Be Abolished".

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    $\begingroup$ Would you mind sharing how you translated that barcode? $\endgroup$ – KoA May 19 '16 at 14:26
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    $\begingroup$ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/POSTNET $\endgroup$ – Gordon Allocman May 19 '16 at 14:31
  • $\begingroup$ @GordonAllocman That is the link I used. I also added a little explanation in the post $\endgroup$ – Neon612 May 19 '16 at 14:32
  • $\begingroup$ Nicely done, decoding the code. I was somewhat unclear, but the answer is the decoded message. I edited the question to reflect this and to ask for a bit more elaboration before accepting an answer. +1 $\endgroup$ – Chowzen May 19 '16 at 19:23

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