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Postage increase to help combat USPS financial hardships

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People planning to send letters after January 25th will spend three-cents more on a first class stamp.

The cost of mailing a letter in the U.S. is going-up to 49-cents in January.

The three-cent increase is aimed at helping the U.S. Postal Service combat on-going financial strains brought-on by the 2008 economic downturn.

Gering resident Michael Whaley says he'll continue sending mail but believes there's a better solution to the Postal Service's financial hardships.
"As far as regular mail and business stuff we have to do, we'll still keep doing it," says Whaley.  "But I'd like to see them cut expenses.  There seems to be a lot of pork in government spending.  They haven't figured out how to manage money like the rest of us have to manage money."
Gering's Gary Pfortmiller says the cost increase wont change the way he conducts business.
"I'll probably be buying more stamps," says Pfortmiller.  "I still do everything by stamps the old way.  I do a little bit online but not very much."
The cost increase will take effect on January 26th and will last no more than two-years.

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