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March 24, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - The most courageous politician in California - probably the nation - is a Berkeley city councilman, Gordon Wozniak. His gutsy act: proposing that the government tax email. Yes, sacrosanct, time-gobbling, out-of-control email. "I got a lot of nasty emails nationally," he says. "You are making Berkeley look really silly," one person wrote. Another called him "the epitome of a communist - you and all your commy liberal idiots. " Wozniak, however, is certified brainy - a retired nuclear scientist, a futurist who, he admits, may be ahead of his time about taxing email.
February 7, 2013 |
As AOL used to say, “You've got mail!” But maybe not on Saturdays if the mail you are looking for is being delivered by the much-maligned “snail mail” of the United States Postal Service. On Wednesday, the USPS announced Saturday delivery of letters would be eliminated by August in order to save $2 billion annually. The Postal Service has been struggling financially for a long time, as we all know, so this sort of cutback is hardly surprising. As the latest reduction in service is discussed and debated, though, it is worth remembering that the Postal Service's troubles are not entirely a result of the historic shift in how Americans communicate with one another.
February 6, 2011
Checking out state workers' salaries Re "State turns up more big salaries," Feb. 2 So California state Controller John Chiang has demanded salary information from nearly 900 local government entities. The report is part of Chiang's effort to document the compensation of all government officials and employees in the state. I would hope that this will include state employees in general, and University of California and California State University administrators in particular.
February 3, 2011 |
I've always loved mail. By that I mean the mail that arrives in a physical mailbox six days a week, not e-mail. Well, I love that too, but it's a cheap thrill. My heart belongs to snail mail. This love affair began decades ago, back when the "snail" qualifier wasn't necessary. As a child, I'd sort through the mail that came every afternoon, seeing in it clues to the inner lives of my parents. Among the bills and bank statements there would sometimes be a letter from a faraway friend or relative, handwritten on stationery or typed on an IBM Selectric and stuffed with photos showing how fast some kid was growing up or how great the kitchen remodel was. Even more fascinating were the holiday cards and newsletters from classmates and roommates and neighbors my parents had known before I came along, a barely comprehensible concept that made those correspondents seem to me like characters in a book.
April 11, 2009 |
Recently we asked readers to send in their questions about how we screen, compile and edit letters at The Times. You wanted to know about everything from how much mail we receive to whether we open hard-copy mail to how our political opinions influence what ends up in print. We answer a few of your questions here. -- Eryn Brown, letters editor What is the typical volume of letters you receive about a given story? Most days, the letters page receives several hundred e-mails, as well as a few faxes and letters sent by mail.
March 12, 2009 |
The post office doesn't deliver mail to Steven Stark's Santa Maria home anymore. It's not that Stark, the 36-year-old owner of an Internet company, is unpopular. He just decided that he'd rather deal with all of his correspondence online. Millions of Americans receive online versions of their bills and bank statements. But Stark is one of tens of thousands who have decided they don't need any physical mail, be it love letters or advertising come-ons.