Thursday, December 29, 2005

Time for a new Hanukkah stamp?

Ronald J. Scheiman of Boynton Beach, FL believes it's about time the Postal Service issues a new Hanukkah stamp.

On his Web site, Hanukkah Stamp Quest, Scheiman says, "In 2004, the United States Postal Service issued the first new Hanukkah stamp design since1996. During the same period of time the USPS issued seven new "Madonna & Child" Christmas stamps."

He goes on to suggest that the United States Postal Service may be acting in a biased and discriminatory manner since it has been issuing new and different Christmas stamps every year since 1962.

According to Scheiman, next year there will be a another new "Madonna & Child" Christmas stamp. However, the Hanukkah stamp will be a re-valued, re-released version of the 2004 dreidel design.

Scheiman wonders why there can't be a new design each year and points out that there are just as many Hanukkah menorahs and dreidel designs that can be depicted on a Hanukkah stamp as there are of the "Madonna & Child."

He's encouraging everyone to write directly to the Postmaster General of the United States.

"Tell him you want a new and different Hanukkah stamp every year."

You can 'real' mail the Postmaster General John E. Potter at United States Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington DC 20260-0010. E-mails should be sent to
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 PM