Every so often the satirical website The Onion trains its eyes on a federal agency. This time, the target of hits humor is the Postal Service, and its tradition of creating and selling themed, specialty stamps honoring certain people, events or places.
WASHINGTON—In an effort to highlight their longstanding contributions and loyalty to the agency, the U.S. Postal Service unveiled a new line of commemorative stamps Wednesday honoring those Americans who still use the U.S. Postal Service. “Our latest series of Forever stamps recognizes the remaining citizens who continue to support the USPS by physically sending their bills, rent checks, and thank-you cards via traditional mail,” said Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe.
Of course, the financial future of the Postal Service has been a topic of great debate recently. In 2014, the agency actually made a $1.4 billion operating profit before it was forced to prepay its retiree health benefits (about $5.5 billion a year). While traditional letters and cards sent through the mail is down, package delivery is way way up.
Which reminds me, I need to order some stuff off Amazon. Who offers the cheapest two-day delivery?