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MAIL: Don’t give discounts for ‘junk’ mail

Letter by Karl J. Pizzolatto, Lakewood on Feb. 6, 2013 at 4:48 pm with No Comments »
February 7, 2013 9:38 am

The U.S. Postal Service has faced multiple deficits for years, accelerating more so after the electronic revolution. Rates have consistently gone up and usage down.

However, a large segment of the users doesn’t pay its fair share. It costs just as much to deliver “junk” mail as it does first-class mail. However, “junk” mail senders pay a markedly discounted rate. These companies/people/etc. who send “second-class mail” should pay the same rate as the private citizen – the first-class mail rate.

The cost to the USPS to deliver 50,000 “junk” mail postings is the same as the cost for 50,000 regular mail postings. If those sending junk mail paid the same rate as the regular citizen sending mail, it would markedly reduce the USPS deficit, if not eliminate it. It would also surely decrease the amount of junk mail sent.

This is only logical and fair to the taxpayers who must subsidize these deliveries and receive the unwanted “junk” mail

Don’t get me started on the greatly discounted rate enjoyed by nonprofits for delivery of their “junk” mail.

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