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Not so bad.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

Itís easy to take potshots at the U-S Postal Service. After all, itís big, itís everywhere
and itís been around for a long time. For stamp collectors, particularly those who specialize
in current issues, the agency has a great deal of control over what we do.

So we often overlook all the things the U-S-P-S does well. Take delivering the mail: 47 cents
for a letter anywhere in the country. Thatís a bargain. Canada Post, by comparison, charges
85 cents. Even with the difference in exchange rates, thatís much more expensive.

Do I like all the stamp subjects? No, but there are usually a few each year that excite me,
and with such a diverse country, there are an awful lot of constituencies to satisfy. Are
there too many stamps each year? Same answer. Do I like all the designs? Thatís probably too
much to ask.

In dealing with other countriesí postal agencies, I find that the U-S Postal Service does
more for stamp collectors than just about any otherÖ including giving us more advance

And most U-S stamps are available in most U-S post officesÖand nearly all of them can
actually be used on mail. Thatís not so in many countries.

All in all, itís not perfect, but we have a pretty good deal with the U-S Postal Service.
But thatís enough soppiness. Next time, itís back to the usual cynicism!

Iím Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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