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Peel and weep: Stamps costing 2 cents more Monday (first-class 44 cents stamp, May 11)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/9/09 | Randolph E. Schmid - ap

Posted on 05/09/2009 6:37:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON – Peel it and weep: It'll cost an extra 2 cents to mail a letter starting Monday.

The price of a first-class stamp will climb to 44 cents, though people who planned ahead and stocked up on Forever stamps will still be paying the lower rate.

It's the third year in a row that rates have gone up in May under a new system that allows annual increases as long as they don't exceed the rate of inflation for the year before.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Government
KEYWORDS: stamps; usps

1 posted on 05/09/2009 6:37:16 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

the usps union is incompetent.


2 posted on 05/09/2009 6:41:17 PM PDT by ken21 (the only thing we have to fear is fdr deja vu.)
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To: NormsRevenge

You mean Inflation was over 5% last Year? I thought it was somewhere in the two’s.


3 posted on 05/09/2009 6:45:24 PM PDT by TCats
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To: NormsRevenge

Is 44 cents too much for you?

Deliver it yourself.


4 posted on 05/09/2009 6:46:19 PM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.)
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To: NormsRevenge

People still mail stuff?


5 posted on 05/09/2009 6:49:07 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: NormsRevenge

I’ll send even less mail than I do now.


6 posted on 05/09/2009 6:51:10 PM PDT by kenth
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To: NormsRevenge

Now that I bank by mail, I never buy stamps.


7 posted on 05/09/2009 6:51:51 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: NormsRevenge

Just another inept government agency raking in more $$ and piling up more debt! At least in previous decades there was some level of sanity in running the USPS.


8 posted on 05/09/2009 6:52:20 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: ken21

I have heard the figures for the cost for the USPS every time the cost of gas goes up a penny. Amazingly high!.


9 posted on 05/09/2009 6:53:35 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: BunnySlippers
  Now that I bank by mail, I never buy stamps.

  What's a stamp?
10 posted on 05/09/2009 6:56:15 PM PDT by Maurice Tift (You can't stop the signal, Mal. You can never stop the signal.)
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To: NormsRevenge
They need the money to buy some-more 100,000 dollar homes for a million. Why work if you can steal it.
11 posted on 05/09/2009 7:01:27 PM PDT by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: NormsRevenge

What are “stamps?”


12 posted on 05/09/2009 7:02:25 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Maurice Tift

I used to buy tons of them. Now I realize they will be a part of my estate ...


13 posted on 05/09/2009 7:03:01 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: NormsRevenge
The United States Postal Service® Previews Simpsons® Stamps

No govt media complex here, move along.

14 posted on 05/09/2009 7:08:28 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (<P><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajsov1M4h50"> Thank You Satan 1:50</a>)
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To: tflabo
Just another inept government agency raking in more $$ and piling up more debt! At least in previous decades there was some level of sanity in running the USPS.

Quick: Name another legitimate function of Government that is cutting back, cutting jobs while increasing efficiency.

15 posted on 05/09/2009 7:09:53 PM PDT by Big Giant Head (I should change my tagline to "Big Giant penguin on my Head")
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To: pnh102
People still mail stuff?

Last I checked, you can't e-mail a physical object like a package.

16 posted on 05/09/2009 7:10:56 PM PDT by GoldStandard
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To: GoldStandard
Last I checked, you can't e-mail a physical object like a package.

But in that department, the USPS does face competition from UPS, FedEx and others. At least there prices are not that bad.

17 posted on 05/09/2009 7:19:03 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: NormsRevenge

Gotta admit that mailing a letter is a darn good deal: from your front door to anywhere in the country in 1-3 days for less than two quarters.

That said, thanks to increases I only use about 5 stamps a year. Rates went up one year and I switched almost exclusively to electronic communications.


18 posted on 05/09/2009 7:20:46 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (John Galt was exiled.)
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To: ctdonath2

I hand-deliver as often as possible.


19 posted on 05/09/2009 7:29:48 PM PDT by Ciexyz (I heard Joe the Plumber speak 03-30-2009.)
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To: tflabo

And when gas jumps 10 cents in a day, you post complaints about the inept oil companies I assume.


20 posted on 05/09/2009 7:30:48 PM PDT by ltrman61
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To: NormsRevenge

Who writes letters anymore other than the occasional b’day card and Mother’s Day cards ... Christmas???? Hanukkah? ... most people do their bill paying on-line now ....


21 posted on 05/09/2009 7:36:37 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Big Giant Head; tflabo
Quick, while we got everybody on line, name another government agency that's ever made more money than it's spent?

Does that ever happen with Department of Defense, or the Treasury, or State Department, or......

USPS operates under a law that requires that it set prices sufficient to pay its costs. The others get vast subsidies at taxpayer expense.

22 posted on 05/09/2009 7:37:27 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: GoldStandard

To be safe most people use UPS or FedEx ....


23 posted on 05/09/2009 7:37:46 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ctdonath2

Did you ever allocate the costs for using your computer and internet connection to pay your bills?


24 posted on 05/09/2009 7:38:36 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: SkyDancer

Not if they’re sending stuff to New York City ~ only the USPS is immune from the mob in that area.


25 posted on 05/09/2009 7:39:34 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Which means then, no package delivery since the mob has stolen it like those laptops several threads ago .... USPS offered up $74 for $3000 worth of laptops ... Oh, but the nice thing was they also offered to refund the postage ....


26 posted on 05/09/2009 7:41:22 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SkyDancer

How about less junk mail to drill through?


27 posted on 05/09/2009 7:45:05 PM PDT by BobS
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To: SkyDancer
Several years back (before I retired) we mailed a laptop to a company in Boston that had the contract to repair USPS computer equipment.

It got delivered and then was stolen somewhere in the bowels of that enterprize.

We got nothing back inasmuch as we were the post office (which is a self-insurer).

Even with the finest tracking system and the best insurance stuff gets broken and lost in transit. Sometimes it even gets stolen. However, the mob has no respect for anyone ~ but they do stay away from USPS in New York Metro. I think that's because the US Postal Inspection Service carries guns!

28 posted on 05/09/2009 7:46:37 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

I wonder when was the last time the USPS used guns when delivering mail/packages ....


29 posted on 05/09/2009 7:51:28 PM PDT by SkyDancer ('Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..' ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: SkyDancer

You’ll never know.


30 posted on 05/09/2009 8:07:48 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: BunnySlippers

Yes - I seem to remember buying a roll of them at one time. I pay most items electronically now. I slide my rent under the landlord’s door and pay the power bill at the night deposit box. Sliding stuff under a glass door is more fun than buying stamps because you can see how far you can make it slide across the floor.


31 posted on 05/09/2009 8:10:52 PM PDT by Maurice Tift (You can't stop the signal, Mal. You can never stop the signal.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Peel and weep: Stamps costing 2 cents more Monday

Still a bargain.

32 posted on 05/09/2009 8:14:14 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Selah)
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To: Maurice Tift

Ah, you must live in a small town ... :)


33 posted on 05/09/2009 8:16:05 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: Maurice Tift
Sliding stuff under a glass door is more fun than buying stamps because you can see how far you can make it slide across the floor.

I think that way too.

Tonight, two of my grand children and I played a short little game that I made up. See who can stand on one foot the longest, without changing feet or touching anything or each other. I won but they say I cheated because I blew at them to make them lose their balance.

Poor losers.

34 posted on 05/09/2009 8:21:17 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Selah)
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To: tflabo
Just another inept government agency raking in more $$ and piling up more debt! At least in previous decades there was some level of sanity in running the USPS.

Who can make money when an entire subcommittee of Congress exists to stick its nose in your affairs?

Throw in the unions and the Office of Personnel Management and you have a little sympathy.

Just a little.

35 posted on 05/09/2009 8:22:38 PM PDT by freespirited (Is this a nation of laws or a nation of Democrats? -- Charles Krauthammer)
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To: NormsRevenge

It now costs significantly less to drive across town and deliver bills by hand.

Go figure. Oh and No junk mail.


36 posted on 05/09/2009 8:22:40 PM PDT by Danae (Amerikan Unity My Ass)
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To: Petronski

Neumann from Seinfeld, is that you?


37 posted on 05/09/2009 8:24:12 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: Petronski

Boston Herald: $1.00 daily
Boston Globe: $1.00 daily, $1.50 outside 30 mi area
Mail a letter 3,000 miles: 44 cents


38 posted on 05/09/2009 8:43:04 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Big Giant Head

>>cutting jobs while increasing efficiency.

I work for the postal service. For years positions were eliminated through attrition. With the latest crisis
(high gas prices, pensions to pay, less volume) we have been
offering early retirement, stopping new construction, consolidating jobs, continuing to eliminate positions by attrition...and our postage increases are tied in to inflation. If we were allowed to, we could boost it to 50 cents and pay off all of that debt. But we can’t.

At at 50 cents it would still be a pretty good deal.


39 posted on 05/09/2009 8:46:42 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

AND at, that should say...


40 posted on 05/09/2009 8:47:19 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: ctdonath2
Gotta admit that mailing a letter is a darn good deal: from your front door to anywhere in the country in 1-3 days for less than two quarters.

Really? Why does it take 5 to 7 days for my expense reports to arrive in San Diego from Pocatello? Most items are 5 days. If it has to be there in a timely fashion, I pay FedEx.

41 posted on 05/09/2009 9:15:37 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: NormsRevenge
The price of a first-class stamp will climb to 44 cents, though people who planned ahead and stocked up on Forever stamps will still be paying the lower rate.

Clever idea, the "forever" stamps. Now they can jack up the cost anytime they want and nobody will really bitch about it. In fact, as you suggest, it'll encourage people to buy more to beat the price increases.

42 posted on 05/09/2009 9:20:15 PM PDT by Zman516 (socialists & muslims -- satan's useful idiots.)
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To: muawiyah

No, because I’m going to pay the flat rate for internet regardless of whether I pay bills online or not.


43 posted on 05/10/2009 12:50:45 PM PDT by ctdonath2 (John Galt was exiled.)
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To: ctdonath2

Flat rate? What flat rate?


44 posted on 05/10/2009 2:58:17 PM PDT by muawiyah
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