The U.S. Postal Service keeps losing money [“Postal Service posts $1.9 billion loss despite cost savings, higher revenue,” news story, May 11]. Yet every day we are deluged with solicitations from “charitable” organizations that get sent for a pittance, while we must pay 46 cents to write to a friend. Every day we are deluged with catalogues we don’t want that also get sent for much less than what it would cost for me to mail one. It’s outrageous. 

Why should the Postal Service allow lower rates for transporting the mountain of trash that we recycle every week? It seems to me that raising the rates on “charitable” solicitations and catalogues would have several benefits: The Postal Service would lose less money, carriers would have fewer back problems and we would have to throw out less paper.

Ernest Nussbaum, Bethesda