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Peace of mind could cost a bit more than a penny per stamp

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Posted: Thursday, August 9, 2012 12:00 am

A letter writer complains that the ignorant Republicans in office rule his retirement ("A penny per stamp would provide peace of mind," Aug. 7). Since the Republicans are the minority in Congress, they can show up but now with a simple majority their vote is meaningless.

The writer goes on to complain that if those idiots in Congress would allow the Postal Service to raise the price of its stamps just one single penny they would be in the black overnight.

First thing, Jerry: Evidently you, along with your fellow Democrats and even some Republicans, elected those idiots to Congress — now live with it.

Concerning a single penny for a stamp, would that be considered a "tax?" Another penny or two, or three, just might push the bill-payers of Lodi over the edge and cause them to start paying their bills via the "Bill Pay" setup by their bank, and leave the stamp buyers high and dry. Jerry, perhaps you would be happy with a 46-cent stamp but if a 46-cent stamp doesn't cover the cost, would you be happy with a 50-cent stamp? Many people use email instead of "snail mail."

As of now Kohl's keeps the Postal Service in business with a sale every other day. Many big corporations have made arrangements with their unions to start paying some of their health care benefits. Your suggestion would be to vote everyone out. Be careful what you wish for; the day might come when a stamp will cost a dollar.

Ed Walters

Lodi

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