How about this??????

charles w. morehouse cwmorehouse at WORLDNET.ATT.NET
Wed May 26 01:38:00 EDT 1999

Hello all,
If this not a joke it is scary. Got this in mail today.

Subject:  Fair Warning

Dear Internet Subscriber:

Please read the following carefully if you intend to stay online and
continue using email: The last few months have revealed an alarming
trend in the Government of the United States attempting to quietly push
through legislation that will affect your use of the Internet. Under
proposed legislation the U.S.  Postal Service will be attempting to bilk
email users out of "alternate postage fees". Bill 602P will permit the
Federal Govt to charge a 5 cent surcharge on every email delivered, by
billing Internet Service Providers at source. The consumer would then be
billed in turn by the ISP. Washington D.C. lawyer Richard Stepp is
working without pay to prevent this legislation from becoming law. The
U.S. Postal Service is claiming that lost revenue due to the
proliferation of email is costing nearly $230,000,000 in revenue per
year. You may have noticed their recent ad campaign "There is nothing
like a letter". Since the average citizen received about 10 pieces of
email per day in 1998, the cost to the typical individual would be an
additional 50 cents per day, or over $180 dollars per year, above and
beyond their regular Internet costs. Note that this would be money paid
directly to the U.S. Postal Service for a service they do not even
provide. The whole point of the Internet is democracy and
non-interference. If the federal government is permitted to tamper with
our liberties by adding a surcharge to email, who knows where it will
end. You are already paying an exorbitant price for snail mail because
of bureacratic efficiency. It currently takes up to 6 days for a letter
to be delivered from New York to Buffalo. If the U.S.  Postal Service is
allowed to tinker with email, it will mark the end of the "free"
Internet in the United States.  One congressman, Tony Schnell ® has even
suggested a "twenty to forty dollar per month surcharge on all Internet
service" above and beyond the government's proposed email charges. Note
that most of the major newspapers have ignored the story, the only
exception being the Washingtonian which called the idea of email
surcharge "a useful concept who's time has come" March 6th 1999
Editorial) Don't sit by and watch your freedoms erode away!
Send this email to all Americans on your list and tell your friends and
relatives to write to their congressman and say "No!" to Bill 602P.

Assistant to Richard Stepp, Berger, Stepp and Gorman Attorneys at Law
216 Concorde Street, Vienna, Va.

It's the action, not the fruit of the action that's important.  You have
to do the right thing...  You may never know what results come from your
action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result. (Gandhi)

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