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41 CENT STAMPS ALSO PUTTING A DENT IN OUR LOVE OF PHILATELY

FITSNews – May 13, 2007 – Nobody’s going postal and dumping a bunch of stamps in Boston Harbor or anything (editor’s note: yet), but tomorrow’s stamp tax increase has us FITS gals (and our mailbox) feeling a little bit defensive. After all, didn’t stamp prices just go up last year? Yes they did, people, and this morning’s Cape Cod Times has a great story about one man who like us has had enough:

“Look at the auto industry or the steel industry,” said Charles Guy, former director of the United States Postal Service’s office of economics and strategic planning. “They have these large unionized work forces and a price structure they can no longer afford. That’s why they’re having these massive layoffs. But the post office has the alternative of raising the price on their product, and there’s no real competition.”

Like our mailbox, Charles Guy is disgruntled. And he’s a former postal worker. So watch out. Anyway, as lifelong members of the American Philatelic Society and the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee, our main concern here isn’t economic, but cultural. Frankly, we can’t believe this sort of rampant anti-philatelism is still tolerated in our country. We beat the Nazis, people. Not quite by ourselves or anything but seriously, this is how they repay us?