The Press: Postal Nightmare

It has become stunningly expensive to send a magazine or newspaper through the U.S. mails. After a series of rate increases calculated to make each class of mail pay for itself, publications today pay about 100% more for their second-class postage than they did in 1971. By next year, if current Postal Service schedules hold, the increase could mount to 175%.

Now, in a nightmarish great leap forward, Seymour Wenner, the chief administrative law judge for the rate-making Postal Rate Commission, has come up with a decision that would pile an even huger increase...

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