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Paying for nonprofit postage

March 17, 1992



The editorial "Kinder, Gentler Postal Rates," Feb. 25, paints the wrong picture of our postal system and its relationship to nonprofits.

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The United States Postal Service is not chartered to subsidize nonprofit corporations or civic-minded groups. As you note, in the past the federal government "chipped in to help with the cost of second- and third-class nonprofit mail." I think more accurately you could say that Mr. and Mrs. John Q. Public, along with the government, helped out the nonprofits. The rise in the cost of sending a first-class letter is directly related to the level of subsidized second- and third-class mail. Bertie Lee Murphy, Great Falls, Va.

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