Postage: Up, Up and Away

Up, Up and Away

If the U.S. Postal Service has its way, Americans will soon have to pay an extra $10 a year for stamps. Last week the agency announced that even though it plans to curtail service, it would seek an average 19% increase in 1991, less than three years after the previous jump of 16%. First-class postage will go from 25 cents to 30 cents, while rates for second- and third-class mail -- the mainstay of catalog distributors and magazine publishers -- will soar as much as 33%. Business and consumer groups are already organizing strong campaigns against the increases, which the Postal...

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