Ever collect stamps, Bill? It's less about editorial content than completism.
A commemorative stamp is one other than regular postage*, though an
argument could be made that a regular postage stamp bearing the picture
of a past president, say, commemorates that individual or his years of
service (?) to the country. In recent years, commemoratives have become
a revenue generator -- if you collect full sheets of stamps picturing
cars of the '50s but don't paste the stamps on letters, the post office
gets the money, you get little bits of paper, and your bill payments
don't get to your creditors <G>.
The commemorative state quarters were the same sort of revenue
generator. I found about $600 worth of them in a drawer when I cleaned
out Dad's house after his death. (I thoughtfully returned them to
Oh, and you better cancel your subscription to Smithsonian Magazine --
the latest issue kicks off what will be four years' coverage of the
(history of) Civil War. This IS about editorial content.
*Did you see the hoo-hah over the new "Statue of Liberty" forever
stamp? Wrong statue... the photo was of the one in Las Vegas (a/k/a
Lost Wages). Ironically, this may be a better representation of the
current state of the US.
Thurgood Marshall, Jr., whose late father was the first black to serve
on the U.S. Supreme Court, visited Charleston Tuesday to unveil two new
postage stamps commemorating the start of the Civil War.
Marshall, a Washington lawyer who serves on the U.S. Postal Services
board of governors, said he was honored to be back in Charleston to mark
the 150th anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter, "an event that we
all know changed the course of our history."
"Since the founding of our country, Americans have wrestled with
fundamental questions about the scope of freedom," he said, "and we know
that nothing short of our survival as a nation was at stake during the
Standing before the enlarged images of two stamps depicting Fort Sumter
ablaze and the Battle of Bull Run in northern Virginia, Marshall said
the stamps not only will help bind the country together but also
celebrate the example that the United States offers every nation.
"Today, many issues remain unresolved by this uniquely American war," he
said, "yet one universal truth remains, and that is that we truly are
one nation of free men and free women."
Do you know what quotation marks are supposed to be used for? You seem to
employ them almost at random.
Happily nobody has to justify an interest in history.
Nobody is required to buy a lottery ticket, nor are they required to buy a
particular series of commemorative postage stamps, so the issue of their
approval of govt. policy is raised only by your horror over them supposedly
"What an embarrassment. Celebrating carnage and just how horribly people
are capable of treating each other! 150 year Celebration??? I pass. YMMV."
You said you wouldn't be joining in the "celebrating" you apparently think
others will be participating in by buying stamps, but if you now get the
point that someone buying commemorative stamps isn't actually celebrating in
the sense the word is generally used, well that's progress of a sort.
As the man said, war is hell, even the ones fought for a good cause.
I'm not a grammarian. I used them above because I was calling attentions
to the fact that it was a "figure of speech"--not to be taken literally.
According to Wikipedia:
punctuation marks at the beginning and end of a quotation, direct
speech, literal title or name. Quotation marks can also be used to
indicate another sense or meaning of words, phrases or parts of text by
which one wants the reader to interpret the statement or text than the
one initially suggested, such as to convey irony.
In that generality, I don't find I'm "coloring outside the lines". I
used them to add my own emphasis sometimes. My usage may be more common
in the sciences where we "stretch definitions" at our leisure, and
emphasize when we are doing so. The thoughtful reader will figure out
why the quotation marks are present.
I feel that if you give a youngster some of these postage stamps than
you will have given them the *wrong* message. A little like giving them
fast food to eat (that is almost-always unhealthy). I'm not planning to
purchase any commemorative civil war stamps for my own collection or
usage. And as you can tell, I've run my own campaign against them right
here and gained further insight in the process. Thank you for listening
I think it's all the magazines and catalogs with scary sharp stuff in
them.... could be used to take over planes, trains, and buses you know....
Had the same problem when I was swapping mail and packages with folks on 2nd
Amendment issues when I was in grad school... with the guys that built the
cases that made it to SCOTUS. Ever receive packages that had clearly been
submerged in water, or at a minimum been "damaged" in shipping? Mangled or
lost computer disks, books, academic journals, VHS tapes... it was crazy. We
laughed about it but it was annoying... Now it's a major pain as it involves
all types of mail, not just packages.
What's that old tag line about "just because you are paranoid doesn't mean
it isn't true." ;~)
It's happening at the sorting center!
Trust me, you have not seen bad mail service! In Portland Oregon the other
day a mail carrier took a dump in some guy's side yard. Yes, really!
"I'm the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo ..."
Yup... I get mail every day... but a large percentage of "real" mail never
makes it at all or comes 1-13 months late... The USPS drove me to use the
internet for any and all personal business possible because they are so
unreliable... I didn't renew many of the 30+ subscriptions formerally coming
each month as the periodicals were not arriving reliably. Every time I hear
the USPS blame the internet for their financial woes I think they've got the
causal direction reversed. I wish they'd fold the orgzanization up and let
private industry take over. Private industry would be held accoutable... the
USPS isn't held accountable for the crappy service.
BTW, I could name you a bunch of other people with similar problems, it's
not just me. I'm not paranoid! LOL
On Sun, 17 Apr 2011 09:32:19 -0400, John Grossbohlin wrote:
Some have crappy service others have great service. I'm in the latter
group. Our carrier has been the same for over 20 years and she does a
great job. You might be surprised at the results you get if you complain
- unless you're the only person complaining.
Some things are better done by private industry, some by government. Way
back before the tea party, a conservative politician in northern Illinois
campaigned on the premise that the only things the feds should do was
raise an army and deliver the mail :-).
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
In my case they don't deliver the mail period... they just "take" the
postage and don't supply any service.... Thus, my mail delivery experience
is like stamp collecting for them... collect money for nothing but a pretty
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