September 25, 2013
Subject: Reports say postage stamps may soon cost 49 cents.
I remember when I could send a first class letter for three cents – - way back in those ancient days of the late 1940s and early 1950s and a post card was something like one cent and there was something called “air mail” that I believe cost 15 cents or something like that. Time has dimmed my memory a little on the facts, but now that I have been reading reports about the postal service possibly planning another hike in the rates to 49 cents for a letter I am becoming more and more happy with the fact that I rarely ever send the damned things anymore.
Christmas cards, birthday cards and other holiday cards? For-f**king-get-it! I remember when I could buy a greeting card for twenty-five cents and some really small valentine cards for a penny apiece and the last time I looked at a greeting card at the super market the damned thing had a $5 price tag on it. I hate to say it – - even though I might sound like an asshole – - – but there is nobody I know who is worth sending a $5 greeting card to – - especially when I am pretty certain that some of them will open the envelope, breathe a sigh, look at the card and then promptly either pitch it or put it away somewhere where they may never see it again – - – like in a box in an attic somewhere.
The best way to get somebody’s attention today is not with a greeting card but with a check – - preferably in an amount of $25 or more. I know it is sad but I think it is true! The price of the greeting card is kick in the ass enough for me not to mention adding almost half a damned dollar for a stamp to send it through the mail with. Yow-eee!
The report I was reading about the increase in the price of the stamps said that the postal service is “cash strapped and has to raise $2 billion in a hurry – - or some such crap as that. The report goes on to list a lot of the rather hefty-looking “losses” that the postal service claims to have suffered over the past few months and years – - or what the hell ever period of time – - and I am scratching my head.
If I am not going off my gourd – - – don’t I remember that a lot of the financial problems encountered by the post office comes from the fact that they are required to pay a few billion dollars a year into some kind of retirement slush fund that some Republicans in Congress caused them to have to pay with some kind of crazy-assed law that was passed a few years ago? It is my understanding that the United States Postal Service is the only government agency that is required to pay this kind of yearly payment to their retirement fund – - of course if someone who reads this knows something I don’t know, then I would appreciate being told about it because I do not want to be passing bum information along to my readers – - and I do not know everything there is to know about everything – - so I have to be careful.
My friend, Jim, likes to tell me, “Yeah – - the Republicans have always wanted to kill the postal service so they can break it up into little pieces and let their rich friends deliver the mail with a lot of new privatized delivery services that they can make a fortune from.”
Everytime I hear that I have to think to myself, “Yes . . . there is a lot of sense in that! If I am not mistaken some of the Rethugs are hot to trot when it comes to privatizing shit – - anything to make a buck I guess – - anything to make things just a little more expensive on people who really shouldn’t be having to cough up a lot of extra cash just to send a damned letter through the mail.”
Well guess what, folks? I do most of my “Mail” on the Internet now! I think there are a lot of people who have abandoned the “snail wagons” and started to do the same as me. Besides, I got a little paranoid about licking stamps a long time ago – - – just kidding! I do use a sponge to wet them whenever I simply can’t get away from the necessity to send a letter the old fashioned way. And there are some times when I simply have to use the old fashioned kind of mail because even now there are some businesses out there who haven’t come into the modern century as yet. - – -(But I think they are getting there slowly but surely.) – - I hope so, anyway!
They tell me the postal service is only a “quasi” government agency these days what the hell ever that is supposed to mean. I think I liked it a lot better back when Uncle Sam ran the whole shebang! I remember those old sayings about “No matter what the weather, the mail must go through.”
Things seem to me to be getting weird these days. I remember a couple of times when a neighbor actually knocked on my front door and handed me my prescription medications which I get via mail from my local Veterans Medical Facility. I thought that was kind of weird – - – my neighbor delivering my medicines to me. It seems the package had gotten into the neighbor’s postal box by some strange quirk of destiny.
I asked a letter carrier once how something like that could happen and do you know what I was told? I was told, “Oh we don’t ever look at addresses any more – - it is all sorted and arranged by computer-driven machines these days.”
Well, I guess that solves some of the national employment quandary! I can’t say for sure – - in fact I can’t say at all – - but I am going to think with my rear end instead of my brain for a minute and say to myself, “Maybe being able to read isn’t a requirement for letter carriers any more.” I am pretty certain that if it weren’t such a long walk from here to some overseas country or something, some genius on the right radical side of politics would already have figured out a way to ship the job of letter carrier off shore by now.
Well, I am old and crotchety and eccentric and I’ll tell you what! If they keep on messing around with the postal rates I think the day is going to come when I tell them where to stick it altogether.
And if I can’t really go that far, then I can sit here and bitch and moan and wish the hell that I could. Something has to happen – - that much is for damn sure. People aren’t going to be able to afford all this “fee” stuff if they keep on keepin’ on. It seems like there are “Fees” for everything these days – - bank fees – - surcharges – - fees for this and fees for that and fees for the other – - damn!
Give me a break!
Well, enough of this for now. I am going to go have a cup of tea and a scone and hit the old sackeroo and maybe all this stuff will work itself out by morning. Yeah, right!
Very truly yours,
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