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Postal budget fix
By A. M. Johnson


February 27, 2012
Monday PM

Editor Sitnews,

Reading news articles relating to the pending increase in first class postage to $.50 per stamp. This news along with awareness of the huge budget deficit, billions of dollars, the Post Office is experiencing year after year, some outside of the box thinking is in order.

As man makes laws, man can change laws. We have to establish this point as a solution is offered.

In my travels I note that there any number of licensed outlets that have pull tabs. As I understand the concept, a percentage of the revenue from each of these licensees has to be donated to a charity or specific entity.

Currently one would safely suppose that gambling is not allowed on Post Office property, outside of where one's mail goes and when. The Post Office is under huge funding challenges is fact. So- we either reduce Postal service to an unacceptable level, or continue to bale the funding deficit into the future at taxpayer expense.Or think out side of the box.

My suggestion is to allow Post Offices across the Nation, install automatic pull tab machines alongside the stamp machines. Make them credit/debit card friendly.

Hearing of the amazing dollars that Pull Tabs bring into both the operator and the charity, one could anticipate a reduction in the cost of stamps in a very short time.

In addition to Pull Tabs, the thought of having a coffee/donuts section in the lobby may prove profitable. One needs a place to open the Pull Tabs. Coffee and donuts with other pullers, would offer a social setting and encourage additional purchases of Pull Tab tickets.

More reason to justify current employee levels and not lay off postal workers who could cater to the social area and pay off winners.

Just a capitalistic thought on a sunny Saturday.


Ketchikan, AK

About: "Senior who remembers 5 cent first class postage."

Received February 25, 2012 - Published February 27, 2012



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