Another rate hike to send a first class letter (your charge card payment, auto insurance premium, ,etc.) is going up next year. Maybe... Why??? Why do the private citizens have to bankroll a quasi government agency that pays itself so well??? I am not knocking the individual post men and women, not even the enty level sorters, and bulk handlers.... But,,, the people who allow crap mail to be routed to my mailbox from the likes of Sears, Marshalls, ComCast,Ikea,AOL,etc., need to be thinned out to reflect actual efectiveness. Do we really need a postal service that is so big that it can't adjust to changing demands, or lack of???Why do we, the working class, have to subsidize the likes of those who can afford to print up multi color catalogs and do huge bulk mailings for items I never wanted to begin with.. I don't want to see anyone laid off from a good job, but,,, there are times when the times dictate that cutbacks are needed.. In this case, people use Email, cell phones, FAXES, ,etc to communicate. Thus, less need for mail carriers, trucks, sorters, etc... Many companies advertise online,, this of course yields less need for mail carriers, sorters, low level, mid level, upper level managers, So why pay more for a stamp if the demand is down? I am not going to pay for the USPS losses, or inefficiencies, or totally unrealistic demands that can not be logicaly supported. It would be one thing if an true and honest relationship existed between bulk mailers and consumers/recipients, but I believe in most cases, no bonified relationship exists. I have to pay full price to mail a payment to my dentist, while Walmart can fill my mailbox with their junkfilled rags. Same for those suppliers of local weekly coupon papers that are filled with loose ad cards from Bose Radio and Gieco insurance. Those cards fall out of the unsealed ad rags and litter lawns and streets. The USPS should charge Dell computers a buck, or more, to mail out their miserable catalogs in bulk. Same for all those F'n cds from AOL... Let the bulk mailers who keep filling mailkboxes up with junk pay for the remioval too. In the meantime,, the USPS should be thinking about how to cut the price of a first class stamp a few pennies. The USPS can NOT justify a raise when the demand for thier services is not there, and inequities exist between private mail and business costs/demand levels.