Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Postage rates increasing AGAIN

The cost of mailing a letter will increase to 39 cents on Jan. 8. WHY? Their service sure hasn't increased. I regularly get letters their system has shredded, ripped, tore and destroyed. Letters get lost as often as they're delivered. I sent a friend a package two weeks ago, she still hasn't received it. That type of service deserves a raise? I don't think so!


The Postal Service's board of governors approved the two-cent increase in first-class postal rates late Monday. It is the first increase since June 2002.

The cost of mailing a postcard will increase a penny, to 24 cents, as part of the roughly 5.4 percent, across-the-board hike in most rates and fees.

The increase fulfills a requirement, passed by Congress in 2003, that the Postal Service establish a $3.1 billion escrow account. Congress is to determine later how to spend that money. The Postal Service said without the mandate it would not have had to raise rates next year.


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