According to the news, the Post Office is going bankrupt, needs to increase cost of 1st class mail, or cut down deliveries. As usual, the government has things backwards.
Instead of “all the above” let’s flip the costs of 1st class to the category of bulk mail, and increase the cost of bulk mail to 1st class.
In six weeks time (November to mid-December), I received 60 requests for donations (this does not include requests for health care, pharmacies, insurances, subscriptions). Some of these requests included gifts (incentives - items to make us feel guilty if we don’t respond with a cash donation), such as: calendars, address labels, Xmas wrap, greeting cards, nickels, note pads, etc.
During the same six weeks, I received 56 catalogs. Now we all know catalogs weigh more, take more space, and require more personnel for handling; yet the cost is much less than a little thin 1st class envelope. Companies not only pay less for postage, but they get a rake off on taxes - it’s called a business expense. Just think, fewer catalogs and the landfill employees would shout for joy.
I respond once a year (in January) to some of the requests, such as Diabetes. My husband had it, a grandson has it. Much has been accomplished in past years through research, making this disease more manageable, and not the agonizing death sentence it once was.
But what little I give is soon used up during the next eleven months, with their continual begging and gifting. Also, the huge salaries for administration of these agencies would leave nothing for research. I am much happier donating to my church. I know where that money goes - to the poor and needy, and to disaster relief worldwide.
Come on, Congress - flip the postage costs and save the Post Office.