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Talking Points: A guide for branch leaders on the postal financial crisis; the truth about the Postal Service and the need for congressional action.PDF
The incredible change that could save the Postal Service. The business website The Motley Fool published an article that was generally in favor of the Postal Service exploring the idea of offering limited banking services. The website Salon analyzed at some length the benefits for the Postal Service if it offered such services. In These Times also promoted the financial services idea in a Feb. 19 story. Twin Falls [ID] Times-News ran a letter to the editor by Idaho State Association President John Paige. In a radio commentary, Jim Hightower suggests some other uses underused post offices. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel published an editorial condemning the Postal Service’s moving customers to cluster-box mail delivery. Stories by Associated Press and San Antonio Express-News told about former Army SPC Santiago Erevia, now a 68-year-old retired letter carrier from San Antonio, who is set to receive the Medal of Honor.
Cluster boxes and other USPS tall tales. An op-ed piece by NALC President Fred Rolando ran in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. A letter by Rolando ran in The Washington Post. An editorial in the Great Falls [MT] Tribune called on Congress to repeal the pre-funding mandate. A pro-USPS editorial ran in the Pottsville [PA] Republican-Herald. A writer in The Boston Globe explained why 49¢ for a first-class stamp is still a good deal. A Feb 19 CNN story about the Postal Service explained the relationship between pre-funding and Postal Service operating profit. Bloomington, IL Branch 522 Vice President Kim Herberger and member Gary Keist were featured in a story in The Pantagraph.
Postal Service’s finances improve again. NALC President Fredric Rolando was quoted in an Associated Press story about the release of the Postal Service’s financial report for the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2014. Rolando also was quoted in stories for Reuters and Government Executive. Stories in The New York Times, The Hill and Federal Times carried positive headlines. The Wall Street Journal’s story honed in on the Postal Service’s booming package delivery business. Madison, WI Branch 507’s Bob Kaspar was interviewed for a story on WORT-FM’s “Labor Radio.” A column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provided good reasons for supporting the Postal Service’s banking ideas. The New Republic had some insights about the White House’s role in why the Postal Service seems so dysfunctional.
Postal bill clears Senate committee. NALC President Fredric Rolando was quoted in a Washington Post story about the Carper-Coburn postal bill, S. 1486, which on Feb. 6 cleared the Senate committee with Postal Service oversight by a vote of 9 to 1. Rolando also was quoted in a story about the bill on Federal News Radio and in an article for Reuters. Rolando’s letter to the editor of the Hunterdon County [NJ] Democrat ran on Feb. 7. Phil Rubio, the former letter carrier-turned professor and author, was interviewed for a story on NPR’s Morning Edition on Feb. 7.
Sanders: There’s no need to end
Saturday mail delivery
March 5, 2014—An op-ed piece by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in The Wall Street Journal explained why cutting services is not the solution to the Postal Service’s financial problems. Sanders is the sponsor of S. 316, a postal modernization measure that preserves Saturday mail delivery service. The piece also ran in The Huffington Post.