May 20, 1995 in Nation/World

Americans Love, Hate Richard Nixon Stamp

Associated Press

America’s love-hate relationship with Richard Nixon continues. Even a new stamp issued in his memory is enough to get people riled.

The postage stamp commemorating the 37th president seems to be generating nearly as much controversy as Nixon did in life.

Some 2.5 million of the stamps sold on the first day of issue - April 26 - with lines throughout the day at the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Calif.

But elsewhere sales have sometimes lagged, with some folks refusing to use the postage.

In New York, Omnika Simmons said she “wouldn’t buy it. Now that he’s deceased, it’s like anybody can commit any crime … and then be totally forgiven”

But Mace Berrin, 32, said “He may have done some things wrong, but I think he did a hell of a lot right.”

A Seattle postal clerk told of one customer “who showed me that he had given Nixon a speech balloon saying ‘I am not a crook’ for every stamp he used.”

In Des Moines, Tony Janssen said “It doesn’t matter to me, as long as it gets the mail there. But I guess I’d rather have Elvis.”

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