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The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago,

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The postal service is badly mismanaged. Forty years ago, first-class letter delivery cost only three cents. Since then, the price has increased nearly tenfold, with an actual decrease in the speed and reliability of service.
Each of the following statements, if true, would tend to weaken the argument above EXCEPT:
(A) The volume of mail handled by the postal service has increased dramatically over the last forty years.
(B) Unprecedented increases in the cost of fuel for trucks and planes have put severe upward pressures on postal delivery costs.
(C) Private delivery services usually charge more than does the postal service for comparable delivery charges.
(D) The average delivery time for a first-class letter four decades ago was actually slightly longer than it is today.
(E) The average level of consumer prices overall has increased more than 300 percent over the last forty years.
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IMO, only "C" seems to be out of place.. all others are related to the argument and tend to refute the claim that postal services are mismanaged.
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New post 15 Aug 2006, 06:57
I think "E" it should be.

"E" supports the argument saying 3 times increase.
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(C) but I am not sure. I've come up with it by elimination. All other options weaken the argument :roll:
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New post 15 Aug 2006, 07:51
I pick (E) too. Regarding (C), I think the fact that postal service costs less than private delivery doesn't justify a "high" price. On the other hand, the 300% increase of CPI demonstrates that post service cost appreciated slower than other goods...
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