2010-12-31 / Community

New Postal Stamp Will Be Good ‘Forever’

The new stamp honoring President Ronald Reagan can be used forever, even if the postal rate rises. The new stamp honoring President Ronald Reagan can be used forever, even if the postal rate rises. Beginning next week, all new stamps good for one ounce of domestic first-class mail will forgo a printed denomination and be acceptable for the typical letter regardless of the current postal rate.

Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe plans to announce the new policy Jan. 14, the official said.

One postal customer, mailing a letter in Rockaway Park, doesn’t see the policy as a major change in doing business.

“They get my money in advance, but I’ll use them eventually. It will save me a penny or two,” the local man said. “It won’t cure their deficit, but if it helps them out a bit, why not?”

The Postal Service unveiled its first-class commemorative stamps for 2011 on the last Tuesday in December. All were marked with the word “forever” instead of the current rate of 44 cents. The initial first-class stamp under the new policy will be the Lunar New Year: Year of the Rabbit stamp, to be issued Jan. 22. It will be followed by stamps commemorating Kansas statehood on Jan. 29 and, in February, the centennial of President Ronald Reagan’s birth.

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