April 4

The characterization of the Netherlands as a “postage-stamp nation” in the March 28 news article “In Amsterdam, U.S. scandal creates barely a ripple” was way off the mark and trivialized the country. The term describes nations that derive a major source of revenue from the sale of postage stampsLiechtenstein, Luxembourg and San Marino, for example. The small size of these countries is incidental. The Netherlands did not achieve its status as the world’s 18th-largest economy by selling colorful commemorative stamps to collectors.   

Frank P. Homburger, Alexandria