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US Postal Service charity is not in public's interest

Recently, the US Postal Service has come under fire for plans to donate millions of dollars to the US Olympic Team. What seems most objectionable about this use of our postage money is that it comes fast upon the heels of a 16 percent increase in the price of a first-class stamp.

Supporting our athletes is good public relations; poor timing is not. Nevertheless, it's amusing that a country that has dealt with the Iran-Contra notion of selling arms for hostages and "freedom fighters" even blinks at the concept of selling stamps for Olympic athletes.

The US Postal Service has a long history of supporting worthy charities. Consider, for example, the franking privilege. Few people complain about this generous contribution to our needy Congressmen. And needy they must certainly be; why else would they be bouncing so many checks?

But this letter isn't about government abuse; it's about stamps. Most Americans fail to realize that, though we may not make the best VCRs (or any, for that matter) in the world, when it comes to stamps, we have the competition licked.

Speaking of licking, have you ever tasted a European stamp? I did once in Paris, and my face turned into a parody of Bill the Cat. Why is it that a nation that boasts one of the finest cuisines in the world makes such bitter stamps? Of course, they may have special stamps just for Americans.

Furthermore, their stamps are tiny and have pictures of people who are either dead, unrecognizable, or both. In the U.S., I'm proud to say, we have big, tasty stamps. We have beautiful pictures of big, important things like the Solar System. And, we have a 29-cent stamp that almost single-handedly guarantees the continued use of the penny.

With the excellent work they've done, the Postal Service is pretty far down on my list of wasteful organizations. If they want to support the Olympics, I think that's great. Besides, the slogan "The Official Stamp of the US Olympics" is too funny to pass by.

Matt Giamporcaro '85->