From an email sent to “Friends of Human Events” by Editor in Chief and President Tom Winter:
It’s been many years since I’ve written a letter like this, but a crisis unlike any other in our 63-year history – one that threatens our very existence – forces me to ask for your help.
Just recently, the federal government’s taxpayer-subsidized mail-delivery monopoly, aka the United States Postal Service, hit us with a one-two punch of postal-rate and fee increases that have driven up our delivery costs by over 20 percent.
First, our per-copy postal rate will rise 16.86 percent. Second, we’re being hit with a brand-new “container fee” (don’t ask – it’s absurd) that will hike our total increase to 20.3 percent.
To put it in dollars and cents: it will now cost us an extra $120,000 per year to deliver HUMAN EVENTS – a staggering sum for us that we simply can’t afford.
It’s outrageous enough that the U.S.P.S. can jack up our rates like this without fearing any loss of our business to more cost-efficient competitors – something it can do ONLY because federal law effectively protects it from private competition.
But what really burns me up is that the new rate system was designed in part by lobbyists for liberal media giant Time Warner and other large publishers to benefit themselves at the expense of smaller competitors such as HUMAN EVENTS.
So instead of Time Warner’s mailing costs ratcheting up like ours, the cost of delivering liberal Time magazine and other Big Media publications will barely increase at all – even decrease in some cases. Meanwhile, smaller publications such as ours, which can’t afford expensive lobbyists, get hammered. Some will be forced out of business altogether.
What’s at stake? “Free speech, and the right of conservatives to get their message out on the same terms as liberals, is also at stake.” The conservative publication is asking for your help.