Thursday, November 17, 2011

How About Just One Common Stamp and Some Mobile Post Offices?

During a public hearing held by the Postal Service regarding the proposed closure of a popular post office in St. Paul, Minnesota, one resident asked, "Why don't they, instead of having all these fancy stamps, just go to one common stamp?" as a way of saving money.

According to an article by Madeleine Baran that appears on the Minnesota Public Radio website, postal employee Margaret Campbell replied, "I think the collectors would probably disagree with you on that. Stamp collecting is still one of the major hobbies in the world, and actually, stamp collectors more or less give us the money because they never use those stamps."

Baran reports, "Another woman suggested the Postal Service consider using a mobile post office, similar to a bookmobile, that could make up for the loss of a permanent station. Several Postal Service employees said they're considering that and think it's a good idea, although they cautioned that the mobile service would probably struggle to be as consistent as they would like."

To read the entire piece, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM