Monday, October 29, 2007
Congressional hearing on magazine postage hike Tues.
Tomorrow, the House subcommittee that oversees the US Postal Service is holding a hearing on the periodicals postage rate increase that is causing havoc with small and independent magazines. I wrote about the impact the rate increase may have on UU World in the Fall issue. (Check out the links there to related resources, and see also my earlier urgent appeal.) Since I wrote that column, we've determined that the new rates — which give discounts to media giants — will boost UU World's mailing costs by 21 percent. Late last month, the liberal National Catholic Reporter announced that the 23-percent increase in its mailing costs had led the newspaper to cut back from 42 to 24 issues a year.
If you have not already urged your Congressional representatives to reverse the unfair rate increase, please do so today.
Here's the subcommittee meeting announcement, which was rescheduled from earlier this month to October 30. If you are represented by one of the subcommittee members, consider giving them a call: Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.), chairman; Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.); John P. Sarbanes (D-Md.); Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.); Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio); William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.); Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.); Kenny Marchant (R-Texas); John M. McHugh (R-N.Y.); John L. Mica (R-Fla.); Darrell E. Issa (R-Calif.); Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
Update 11.8.07: The Association for Postal Commerce has posted a summary of the testimony at the congressional subcommittee hearing. Hilary Goldstein and Isabel Macdonald of FAIR say that seven Representatives attended the hearing. The Nation's John Nichols quotes from some of the written testimony (including somewhat idiosyncratic views from Victor Navasky of The Nation and CJR), but he also quotes a passage from my written testimony.
Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 29 October 2007 at 8:48 AM