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COLUMN: IN OUR OPINION

Facing a serious financial crisis, caused in part by the rise of the Internet and declining mail volume, the U.S. Postal Service is ending its long-standing and nearly universal prohibition on depicting living persons on postage stamps.

The theory holds that putting rock stars, celebrities, sports heroes or even ordinary Americans on postage stamps will raise money from stamp collectors, without adding to the Postal Service's costs.

Maybe, but we think this could get sticky.

The longstanding rule held that a person had to be dead for five years before appearing on a stamp. That allowed for time and perspective to temper judgment. What happens if a person moves from superstar to scoundrel after their stamp is issued?

More practically, we doubt that celebrity postage is going to solve the Postal Service's serious financial problems.

Mostly, though, we hate to see the end of a perfectly good trivia question - who was the only living American ever depicted on a postage stamp?

Stumped? Don't write to us about it, just check the Internet!
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Title Annotation:EDITORIAL
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
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Date:Sep 28, 2011
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