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(UPI)   The price of a first class stamp is going up three cents. A stamp is that small square thing you stick on an envelope to mail a letter. Yes, a letter. You know, what your parents used to use before email and texting. Still not ringing any bells?   (upi.com) divider line 17
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2013-12-25 11:46:59 AM
3 votes:
Still the best deal going. Look inside a postal truck and you'll see there's no shortage of people and businesses using the postal service. Online selling has been a big boost, not everybody uses UPS or FedEx.
2013-12-25 11:46:36 AM
3 votes:

whatshisname: Do they still deliver on Saturdays in the US?

Because nobody's using the postal service in Canada they've decided to stop door-to-door delivery and raise the price of a stamp to $1.


They would love to stop Saturday delivery and raise stamps in the same manner. The problem is our Congress already has passed one toxic bill to destroy the post office, and is refusing to allow any such changes to keep it alive.
2013-12-25 02:23:51 PM
2 votes:
I like 'real' mail for letters and all, but I do use email a lot.

"Real mail' used to be an art. Carefully hand written on various forms and grades of paper, sometimes scented. Often the penmanship was beautiful -- as the older generations learned to write in excellent script.

By the 60's, there was less emphasis on the quality and more on the quantity. Plus, typewriters were common and cheaper. Around the 70's, you started seeing hand printed letters, because most people realized their script sucked and tended to look like a scrawl.

I dimly recall the Government doing something with the USPS in the 70s that separated it to a large percent from being directly a government operation. I think they subcontracted it out mostly yet still extended government authority over it.

However, things changed. The very strict rules concerning uniform and dress codes relaxed. Postmen previously needed to have sharp creases in their pants, leather, well polished shoes, the military-like caps with the hard, shiny black brim and their badge pinned to it. All had to be clean shaven and their hair had to be only a certain length. Plus, within a year or so, costs went up.

The USPS always runs in the red because the government requires that any profit they make gets sent to the government. It's kind of hard to function as an efficient business when someone is always siphoning off your 'excess profits'.

Post offices were different. Most had 'secret' doors outside that the Postal Inspector used. He would arrive unannounced, go in the door which opened only with his key and move through hidden passages which allowed him to inspect the workers below without being seen.

He would then report on uniform violations, mishandling of the mail, efficiency, theft and other stuff. He often would leave without anyone knowing he had been there.

I recall the overhead passages with narrow, dark slots every so many feet above the main floor of the post office. The slots were designed to not let anyone see the Inspector looking out.

Until that unfortunate episode in the 70's when a postal employee went nuts and shot up his station (which created the phrase 'going postal) postmen were considered respected, friendly folks and you didn't f**k with them because they carried 'The Mail' and messing with that could bring the wrath of the Government down on you.

Aside from Junk Mail, it was always a pleasure to receive letters from friends, which could be handle, read and re-read, touching the ink on the pages placed their with their own hands would bring you closer to loved ones if you were far away.

During the Vietnam War, it wasn't unusual for the wives and girlfriends of soldiers to slip a perfumed pair of their best panties in the envelope and send it. Lovers would wipe a bit of their favorite scent on pages for their guy. Men might include pressed flowers. Photographs were a common item included.

Sometimes, paper used that had been stored in a home carried the scent of home, from cooking meals to aromatic pipe smoke, lightly infused in the fibers.

Kids sent crayon drawings and pictures in colored pencils. Pen Pals was a thing and you knew when you got a letter because they used special, light weight, international envelopes marked around the edges in red. Stamp collectors loved getting the strange and foreign stamps affixed to the paper and many eagerly read the postmark stamped at the top.

Your Great-grandparents and maybe your grandparents saved letters from loved ones, usually wrapped in ribbon in a stack and secured in an old cigar box or hidden in special places in an attic.

Hand written letters connected you with friends and family from far away and many were several pages long as folks caught up on gossip. Plus, there in your hands, in the ink and in the form of the script, was the actual trace of someone you cared about.

You knew their hands had touched those pages. For many a soldier during war, he knew his loved one carefully wrote each letter in ink, recognizing her style, her selection of ink and, occasionally, putting on lipstick to seal the letter with a kiss on the last page with her name.

Today, you get a letter on your screen. Cold. Impersonal. You can't touch the 'soul' of the letter, even if you print it out. You need a scanner to send a .jpeg of a kiss and what arrives is a sterile copy. Her lips never actually touched what you print out.

Postmen aren't as cool as before. Many sport beards. Many have long hair. Most with walking routes wear sneakers, sport pot guts, their uniforms can look sloppy. Assorted rights groups stopped the secret inspections and new Post Offices no longer have the hidden passages. The postman is no longer respected the way he used to be and many look like they're p*$$ed at the world.

Pen Pals send you email, avoiding the stamps, the post marks, the special papers and the simple fact that they actually handled the paper. It arrives in seconds, locked behind the glass or plastic of your screen and may include electronic photographs or video.

Instead of printing them out, you store thme in an electronic file. Maybe you'll download them to disk or flash drive or whatever and drop them in a box but 100 years from now, the operating system might not be able to read their code.

A hand written letter and be handled and read hundreds of years from now.

Plus, you have thousands of fonts to choose from, many quite nice -- but even if printed out from your printer, you know the one you cared for did not labor long to form each letter with love.

He or she just adjusted the settings.

Most signatures are printed. Very few are even hand written even if you have the ability to so do on your email.

Try sticking a pair of panties from home in an email that your man, fighting for his life in some dirt nation, can actually touch and think of you.

Email just doesn't equal the emotional impact of a hand written letter.

BTW. My Dad was a postman up until his death in the early 70s. He was proud of it and looked good in his uniform. He was a motor carrier and loved his job and his customers. Today, I have his hat and his badge.
2013-12-25 12:03:15 PM
2 votes:
From the comments here, I get the impression that a lot of you don't pay your utility bills and such by mail. Are you allowing your creditors direct access to your checking accounts?

/ Knows too many people who repeated got 'double-dipped' by their creditors.
2013-12-25 11:49:45 AM
2 votes:
Stupid.

Raise it to 50¢.

And the next time, raise it to 75¢.

Stop it with the stupid penny increases.  And bring back Sunday delivery.
2013-12-26 02:38:49 AM
1 votes:
Rik01 2013-12-25 02:23:51 PM

I like 'real' mail for letters and all, but I do use email a lot.

"Real mail' used to be an art. Carefully hand written on various forms and grades of paper, sometimes scented. Often the penmanship was beautiful -- as the older generations learned to write in excellent script....Kids sent crayon drawings and pictures in colored pencils. Pen Pals was a thing and you knew when you got a letter because they used special, light weight, international envelopes marked around the edges in red. Stamp collectors loved getting the strange and foreign stamps affixed to the paper and many eagerly read the postmark stamped at the top.

Your Great-grandparents and maybe your grandparents saved letters from loved ones, usually wrapped in ribbon in a stack and secured in an old cigar box or hidden in special places in an attic.

Hand written letters connected you with friends and family from far away and many were several pages long as folks caught up on gossip. Plus, there in your hands, in the ink and in the form of the script, was the actual trace of someone you cared about....


Rik, I always enjoy your posts. You have a finely tuned wit and a certain melancholy poetry.

You are in fact in my Blue Farky List, which is very hard to attain.

Don't ever stop posting.
2013-12-25 05:04:59 PM
1 votes:

anfrind: Last week I had to order documents from my condo association in order to refinance, and it was cheaper to mail them a check than to pay a convenience fee and use a credit card.  So I'm really getting a kick out of these replies.


That's like the banks.  First, it was charge you a fee for using the ATM because it is expensive.
Then it became 'charge you a fee to use the teller' because people weren't using the ATM.

The fee is just a way to charge you 5% more for your bill, without seeming like you are the one ripping them off.
2013-12-25 02:24:27 PM
1 votes:
A paper letter is a good way to get results out of an elected official, specially if you take down the address of 20 to 30 of them, and mail the letters all at once.

Demands action, shakes things up.
2013-12-25 01:10:13 PM
1 votes:
Stamls are what I buy in books, large and small and still can never find when I need one.
2013-12-25 12:40:37 PM
1 votes:

Mean Daddy: Got to pay the pensions on the gubmint employee's not delivering the mail.


Yeah. Seventy five years in advance, as officially mandated by GOP Congresscritters.
2013-12-25 12:18:16 PM
1 votes:
I agree that people rarely write letters any longer.  But a lot of people still like the more personal touch when it comes to holiday and birthday cards.  It's hard to attach a check or cash or a gift card to an email.  Especially when it's for my little nieces and nephews who aren't online yet.  I'd gladly pay a dollar for a stamp that I can put on a card, drop the card in my mailbox, and within 3-4 days it shows up in the mailbox of anyone in the country.
2013-12-25 12:11:09 PM
1 votes:
I still buy stamps, otherwise my bills won't reach their destinations.
2013-12-25 12:10:13 PM
1 votes:
Last week I had to order documents from my condo association in order to refinance, and it was cheaper to mail them a check than to pay a convenience fee and use a credit card.  So I'm really getting a kick out of these replies.
2013-12-25 12:07:41 PM
1 votes:

Archimedes' Principal: From the comments here, I get the impression that a lot of you don't pay your utility bills and such by mail. Are you allowing your creditors direct access to your checking accounts?



No, they email me the bill and I pay it via online banking.
2013-12-25 12:06:00 PM
1 votes:

ArcadianRefugee: Email is still letters.

I mean, who says "I sent an email"? Do you also say, "I sent a mail" when you use[d] the USPS?


I sent you an email. I emailed it to you.
I sent you a letter. I mailed it to you.

/get of my lawn
2013-12-25 11:45:23 AM
1 votes:

phillydrifter: I just bought some stamps so I'll be getting a kick out of some of these posts...


The postal service makes some very pretty stamps. But you usually have to ask for them special. I like putting pretty stamps on my rare snail mail. And I like to support the post office.
2013-12-25 11:43:21 AM
1 votes:
Do they still deliver on Saturdays in the US?

Because nobody's using the postal service in Canada they've decided to stop door-to-door delivery and raise the price of a stamp to $1.
 
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