Did you know . . .
Neither did i, until just now.
Used to be that an increase in postage was a major deal, accompanied by much hand-wringing about how much better things were in the past and bemoaning of the fact that government couldn't compete with the private sector yadda yadda yadda.
This time around it's barely even news.
I'm guessing it's because none of us actually uses first class mail anymore. I haven't sent more than a couple of greeting cards by the post for the last five years. Maybe two or three bills to contractors who don't offer on-line payment.
But really, how strange to think that the Post Office has completed its fade to irrelevancy such that this second increase in less than a year and a half was hardly even noticed.
Purists will point out that the cost of additional ounces per letter has dropped from $.23 to $.17, so for heavier envelopes, the price will actually go down for those.
It's curious where we find the markers of this brave new world.