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USPS: Mail discounts provide vital service

Letter by Susan Vendetti, Fox Island on Feb. 11, 2013 at 4:36 pm with No Comments »
February 12, 2013 10:01 am

Re: “Don’t give discounts for ‘junk’ mail” (letter, 2-10).

I am not nor never have been employed by the U.S. Postal Service, nor am able to utilize the “second-class mailing.” The letter writer’s perspective on the USPS allowing discounts for mass mailings (second class) caused me to ponder his concerns.

First of all, “second-class mailings” (or what the writer terms “second-class mailings”) are actually not second-class but are “advertising mail” and are often “round filed.” If the postal service chose to discontinue this class of mail, revenue would be severely reduced as businesses and nonprofits would not be able to afford this form of advertising.

The taxpayers thankfully, are wise to take a closer look at how business flourishes and what reductions are not cost-effective. With that in mind, I applaud the USPS for pushing for five-day delivery (it has been petitioning Congress for this for many years).

As for nonprofits, without their outreach and concern for the least of our brothers, our government would be in even more financial disrepair, and the infirmed and the suffering would be left in the cold (literally). I applaud the USPS for allowing mass-mailing discounts for those groups that seek to reach out not for their own profit but for those who truly need their assistance.

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