Time Essay: Postal Increases: Publish and/or Perish

THE only thing a nickel will still buy is idea power. It emanates from that great Georgian monolith, the U.S. Postal Service, which until last year charged 2.48¢ to deliver a 7.6-oz. magazine to its readers. Two copies distributed for a nickel —the greatest bargain in power since the Tennessee Valley Authority. A steal? Postal authorities think so, and they say that it is time to stop the ripoff. So, in addition to increasing the cost of first-and third-class mail, they are currently escalating second-class (magazine and newspaper) rates by an average 127%...

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