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DEAR ABBY: I'm glad you printed that letter from "Mad at the Mail," who complained because the postage stamps didn't stick. I thought maybe I was losing my mind because lately I've had letters returned to me marked "Postage Due" when I knew for a fact I had put stamps on them. I never had that kind of trouble with stamps before.

Now I keep a pot of glue on my desk. It takes a little longer to get a letter off, but at least I know it's going to get there. - GREG H., ST. PAUL, MINN.DEAR ABBY: In 1945, during World War II, I was working for a dentist and I used to stamp all the outgoing mail. The stamps didn't stick, due to inferior glue, so a postal employee suggested that I SIT on the envelopes for a while. (He said it had something to do with body heat.) Well, I did as he suggested - I still do - and I haven't had any trouble with stamps falling off since. - PROBLEM SOLVED

DEAR ABBY: You and "Mad at the Mail" are going at things backward; the fault lies not in the stamps, Dear Abby, but in yourself.

You should try moistening the ENVELOPE, not the stamp. When you moisten the stamp, by whatever method, you remove some of the glue - sometimes all of it. That's why the stamps don't stick. - ABBY FAN

DEAR ABBY: In reference to stamps that don't stick: Recently I had a rather elaborate card to mail that required three 25-cent postage stamps, so I very carefully put a small strip of Scotch tape along the edge of each postage stamp in order to secure it. (It was a sympathy card to a dear friend, and I wanted to make sure it arrived.)

Well, seven days later, the card was returned to me, marked "Against Regulations to Obscure Stamps." Abby, I am a 77-year-old great-grandmother, and I'm sick and tired of poor quality and government greed. - NO NAME, PLEASE

DEAR READERS: And now a word from the postmaster general:

DEAR ABBY: The Postal Service is concerned that stamp adhesive sticks and has asked its suppliers to take additional quality assurance measures.

To obtain an even better solution, we funded an extensive research effort in 1988 to find a "superior" adhesive that will firmly adhere stamps to any material used in envelopes, while at the same time not prematurely sticking stamps to each other. Such an adhesive must be effective under broad environmental conditions of heat and cold, high humidity and low humidity. This effort has narrowed our search to several adhesives that meet these criteria, and we are testing them now.

When these tests are completed, we will require our suppliers to use these new, improved adhesives; then our stamps, once stuck, will stay stuck. - ANTHONY M. FRANK, POSTMASTER GENERAL, U.S. POSTAL SERVICE

DEAR POSTMASTER FRANK: Frankly, it's high time. Meanwhile, we are stuck with a lot of stamps that won't stick.

C) 1990 Universal Press Syndicate