First-class stamps now costs 49 cents after 3-cent hike, went into effect Sunday

  • Article by: The Associated Press , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 26, 2014 - 8:58 AM

WASHINGTON — It's going to cost you a few pennies more to mail a letter.

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ellelleJan. 26, 14 9:44 AM

Your last paragraph in this article is extremely mis-leading. The fact is the USPS has dropped the plan to stop Saturday delivery. The USPS has lost money every year since 2006 when Congress passed a law stating that the USPS has to prefund its current and future employees health insurance. Before 2006 the USPS was profitable every year. The "powers" that be want to privatize mail delivery.

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CoachbwJan. 26, 14 9:46 AM

The cause of the deficit to our Constitutionally required USPS is having to prepay 75 yrs of pension benefits, else they would be in the black. It was a callous move to privatize and we will all be hurt by it.

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ellelleJan. 26, 14 9:49 AM

Your last paragraph in this article is extremely mis-leading. The fact is the USPS has dropped the plan to stop Saturday delivery. The USPS has lost money every year since 2006 when Congress passed a law stating that the USPS has to prefund its current and future employees health insurance. Before 2006 the USPS was profitable every year. The "powers" that be want to privatize mail delivery.

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rooster187Jan. 26, 14 9:58 AM

Nope. No inflation here...

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thefalconJan. 26, 1410:13 AM

Its called a bail out for the unions. I dont mail anything anymore anyway just to spite them.

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staredJan. 26, 1410:32 AM

Higher prices, long under staffed lines at postal windows ( on the years busiest mailing day, a recent December Monday, the ONE OPEN line for buying services reached out the front door), much later mail deliveries daily, mail delays (one item, delivered for years on Fri/Sat showed up last week on Thursday - almost a week late. Deteriorating service + more and more rate hikes for even more lousy service do not a successful business model make!

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layne38Jan. 26, 1411:48 AM

Postal union wins again. Government welfare at its finest.

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tkr380Jan. 26, 14 2:41 PM

Postal unions keep dragging out the phony fake "USPS was forced to pony up pension shortages in too few of years". The USPS should have had the union employees contribute to end the pension shortage like they were supposed to. Instead the USPS thought if they whined about it for 6 years the Government would fork over the money instead of the union employees.

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gemie1Jan. 26, 14 3:03 PM

We can never EVER let the Postal Service be privatized. Imagine how much it will cost us as a society and economically while a few become very wealthy. This is an under radar deal for Republicans. Look who owns Fed Ex and the other big carriers.

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bblheadJan. 26, 14 3:14 PM

Between congress and the union it's hard to say who is working hardest to kill the postal system. Let it operate like the private company it is. Get congressional oversight out of the way. They do so well with the federal budget, what harm could they do here, right?

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