By Edgar Linares

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The U.S. Postal Service says beginning next year it will honor living individuals on stamps. It’s dropping a long-standing rule that only people who have been dead for more than five years are eligible to be on a stamp.

Now acclaimed musicians, sports stars, writers, artists and nationally-known figures can be honored on the tiny piece of paper. USPS is also using social media to take suggestions on the top five choices using Facebook and Twitter.

“This change will enable us to pay tribute to individuals for their achievements while they are still alive to enjoy and honor,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

Many in downtown Minneapolis had their opinion on who should be on a stamp. They range from comedian Don Rickles to Today Show broadcaster Willard Scott.

“Oprah!” was one woman’s recommendation. “I just think she’s such a fabulous role model and has just done so much with her life and she’s such and inspiration for women.”

One popular suggestion from people on the street is Pope Benedict XVI, even though he’s not an American.

“I think he’s a good man who’s done a lot for the world,” said Joann Johnson.

The Postal Service has been struggling with more people using electronic media. According to CNN Money, USPS is on track to lose $7 billion this year. While selling stamps with living Americans could bring in more revenue, some are skeptical.

“I never buy stamps, I don’t mail anything,” said Jason Lee on his way to work. “I guess I could get a lifetime supply of Don Rickles’ stamps.”

Comments (19)
  1. dr says:

    James Earl Ray would be a nice stamp

    1. Jim says:

      I hope they would never put a traitor on a US stamp.

      1. kkk says:

        Why not we have a terrorist n the white house, He has worked hard the past three years breaking down this great nation

  2. really???? says:

    Let’s rearrange the deck chairs.

  3. just sayin says:

    Jeffrey Dahmer!

  4. addin in says:

    ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!!!!!!!!!


  5. T says:

    The day we put a religious figure head on a stamp is the day I need to move. The Pope on a stamp…gimme a break.

    1. Good Bye says:

      Too late buddy boy does this mean you will leave now, You can catch the next plane to china

  6. Zeke says:

    Put Obama on the Welfare FOOD Stamps

    1. d says:

      he allready is 40 million of them

  7. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger III

  8. Mike says:

    If the Post Office decides to put pathological liars on a stamp, they could do a series of all Republican Presidential candidates or for that matter, any Republican currently in office.

    1. mike has been in da koolaid again says:

      I would rather have a lier then a terroriste like obama

  9. Betty White says:

    Put a moolie like Obama on one. People would be more likely to use UPS. White people don’t play basketball and moolies are too dumb to do anything else well.

  10. 4 more years! says:

    Terrorist – A person who uses VIOLENCE and THREATS to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes. (source:

    Do the people who commented on here about Obama being a terrorist even know what the word mean? Oh, wait, can’t blame Republicans for being uneducated. Guess Bush also failed the country with the no child left behind act, because it obviously left these people behind. Lol.

    1. liberal trash says:

      Yeah and thats why republicans are a lot of business owners… hmmm pretty uneducated I guess.

  11. A Voter says:

    The next GOP nominee for President, so they will get licked.

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