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There has been a lot of news about the U.S. Postal Service recently, and its huge deficit. Our senators and congressman have leapt in with proposals to solve this problem, but everyone seems to be ignoring the easiest way to help the USPS cut its debt.

Like most people, other than bills, almost all of the mail I get anymore is junk mail, four or five pieces a day, on average, each and every day. And, out of some mail I received in the past few days with an actual rate printed on them, nonprofits paid between 8.7 to 11.5 cents per letter, with one from a political action committee at 19.9 cents. This amounts to a huge subsidy for any group that can get nonprofit status and to companies that want to sell you something, and is outrageous compared to the 45-cent first class rate.

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So, politicians, quit your posturing. And, USPS, stop threatening to cut service. Just raise the rates on commercial and nonprofits to something comparable to what ordinary people have to pay, and, poof – your deficit will disappear.

Stephen Schombel, Missoula

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