The dinosaur answers coming from the postmaster are no surprise. They lack intelligence, reason and creativity and fail to address the main issues. He wants to cut service greatly while increasing the price of a stamp. What a idiot. Here's what he should do: 1.) Charge the ever-living PISS out of bulk mailers, instead of giving them dirt-cheap rates. Mr. Postmaster, this shit is SPAM and floods your system with garbage daily, costs you billions to process. Either end the SPAM altogether or charge out the ass for it. 2.) LOWER your stamp rates, not raise them! Make "snail mail" somewhat more attractive than it is now. 3.) Offer EMAIL. Yes, that's right, EMAIL. For a small fee, folks can get themselves an official "uspost.us" email account. Hell, make that site a facebook-like deal. Get into the internet, embrace it, learn it, love it. Think about 20 million or so folks paying you $10 a year for your internet services. (That's $200 million a year there, sir. A conservative estimate of what you could generate here.) Shit, we have people DONATING even, to this message board. Why are you leaving this incredible source of income untapped? 4.) Get your cost per pound processed DOWN, by cutting waste and trimming the fat. Again, greatly reducing the SPAM you sludge out daily will help greatly with this, reducing fuel costs, labor, ALL of your bigger costs. Figure out ways to save on utilities, fuel, parts and repairs -- stop accepting the dogma that the government pays more for everything. You're not a government entity anymore, you're a for-profit enterprise that is regulated by the government. Get competitive. 5.) Fix your tarnished public image and perception. Again here -- people HATE junk mail! Get yourself a snappy ad campaign aimed at winning back hearts and minds, instead of your stupid current shit about flat-rate bulk shipping. Combine the bulk shipping info with your new campaign, get more advertising bang for the buck. How about it? Sound like anything that has worked for others? Blithering idiot.