The United States Postal Service has announced that it is once again seeking a rate hike. Stamps would go to 50 cents apiece. You know, I don't really care. I use the postal service for so few things that it just doesn't matter much to me. The one exception is when I occasionally do "snail mailings" to Amish Cook fans...that does get expensive, so I really don't do that much anymore. I think the higher stamp cost will simply accelerate customer flight from the USPS in much the same way newspapers hiking their cost has driven folks to the internet. That will cause more pain for the USPS just like it has for newspapers. But there IS one group disproportionately impacted by postal problems: Amish and Mennonites. I pay almost all bills online now and most of my correspondence, social and business, is through electronic means. But not the Amish. They don't have the option (in the vast majority of cases) of going online to pay their electri...whoa, the Amish don't have electric:), okay, they don't have the option of going online to order a magazine subscription, contact their relatives, or pay their taxes.. I've noticed the number of Christmas cards Rachel and i have received has been steadily declining (um..I don't think it's personal, just a trend) and Amish Cook fan mail has been steadily diminishing. I don't think this is because Lovina is any less popular, it's just that so much of the communication has shifted online. You have a question for Lovina, you post it online and I can relay it to her. It's quicker and cheaper than letters. Three fan letters for Lovina came in the mailbox today and I consider that a busy day, it used to be that 3 letters was a slow day. How times have changed! I just wanted to make this post, though, to call attention to the fact that while many of us are moving away from the USPS, the Amish and Mennonites really can't. So that's yet another factor to throw into the mix when our government is weighing what to do with our USPS. So, what do you think? Do you still rely on the USPS? Do you care if they slowly fade away?
About Kevin Williams
Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.