No wonder such who see “complete and final” corporatization of the United States Postal Service as its last hope for making such more “people-centred” and viable are envious at Britain’s Royal Mail Group, as was floated in 2014, as being a worthy and viable model and ideal worth study.

However, such needs to consider the real cost, which tends to be borne upon such who send regular lettermail and postcards more so than packages: Between Land’s End and John O’Groats (including to the Isle of Man), there are two separate classes of letterposts, First Class (next-working-day delivery standard) and Second Class (2-3 working days delivery standard); the current pricing is:

• First Class: 70 pence (89 cents at current exchange rates) for standard-size letters (up to 10 grams), £1.06 ($1.34) for “large” letters (up to 100 grams) with standard delivery

• Second Class: 61 pence (77 cents) for standard-size letters (up to 10 grams), 83 pence ($1.05) for “large” letters (up to 100 grams) with standard delivery

Stateside, by contrast, the first-ounce letter rate is 55 cents, with delivery likely in between 2-5 working days, depending on workload and available transport.

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As for international airmail, the current Royal Mail rate is £1.35 ($1.71 at current exchange rates) for letters up to 10 grams, with a delivery standard of 3-5 working days for points in Europe (including the Channel Islands) and 6-7 working days elsewhere; stateside, Global (international airmail) rate is now $1.15 for the first half-ounce of letters and international postcards.

Lest we forget, both the USPS and Royal Mail provide Universal Delivery, as obligates service to every last address Monday through Saturday, inclusive, rural as much as urban.

So we “morally superior” Americans should be fortunate to have Constitutionally-obligated postal services at such reasonable prices for letterposts between Mt. Katahdin and Mauna Loa. And which ought be defended against corporatisation without due regard for its impact upon especially such in rural, lower-income, economically-disadvantaged and minority-majority communities.

Larry Ellis Reed, Winona


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