News that the U.S. Postal Service plans to announce soon that all new postage stamps for first-class mail will be marked as “forever” stamps has prompted a lot of concern. Clear Lake postmaster Bob Hartfield says he’s been swamped by calls from people who think smaller denomination stamps will be going away.
He says they’ll still have the lower-denominational stamps to help people fill postage requirements when they are using older stamps for letters and packages. Hartfield says the Postal Service has already started rolling out the newer sets of “forever” stamps for customers to use.
Hartfield says they’ve already expanded what is a “forever” stamp with the “forever-ever green stamps” as well as the “forever coil” set of stamps, and on January 22nd they’ll start using “forever” stamps for all first-class stamps. Hartfield says the Postal Service is going the direction of the new “forever” stamp system to be more consumer friendly.
Hartfield says obviously people will look at what their needs are when there are announced changes and save money in the long run. For more about the Postal Service, you can head on-line to www.usps.com.
By Bob Fisher, KRIB, Mason City