Neil Clarke

The Award-Winning Editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine, The Best Science Fiction of the Year, and More

By order of Congress… move your magazine online

This is priceless and deserved a post of it’s own.  Courtesy of India Ocean on the Asimov’s forum.  Emphasis is mine.

“Dear —–:

Thank you for your comments about the issue on increased postage for periodicals. I appreciate you taking the time to contact me on this important issue.

This issue is particularly important to me because the Los Angeles area is home to many publishing companies that rely on the United States Postal Service for distributing their publications. Recently, the Postal Rates Commission increased the postage for periodicals in order to cover the cost of mail services. Use of the post office has increased over the years, making it inefficient and impractical for mail to be sorted by hand. The new prices will enhance efficiency by relying on machines to get mail out in a timely manner.

Publishers can use to get around the rate increase is to put more of their periodical content online. Many publishers have decided to have their magazines available on the web order to give more people access, and making it cheaper for themselves and readers.

Currently there is no legislation being considered in the House of Representatives on this issue. However, please be rest assured that as your representative in Congress I will be sure to represent your views should this issue come before the House of Representatives for consideration.

Once again, thank you for contacting me. I look forward to hearing from you in the future on this and on other issues of importance to our community, our state, and our nation.


Sincerely,

LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD
Member of Congress”

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1 Comment

  1. I had to google her to make sure this wasn’t yet another bit of grammar-mangled spam. That she’s an actual member of Congress makes me both shocked and ashamed.

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