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Previously in 'POSTAL FACTS'
House Republicans split, saving Saturday mail. NALC President Fredric Rolando was quoted in a June 26 BloombergBusinessweek story. A Government Executive story about the vote reported on the bipartisan support for keeping Saturday mail language in the appropriations bill. The Des Moines Register interviewed Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA), who joined Rep. José Serrano (D-NY) in sponsoring the amendment to reinsert the six-day language. A June 30 editorial in The Daily Iowan, the newspaper for the University of Iowa, praised Rep. Latham’s support. Idaho State Association President John Paige’s letter to the editor of the Idaho Statesman ran on June 25.
New postal proposal seems dead on arrival. NALC President Fredric Rolando was quoted in a June 12 Linn’s Stamp News article about a recent—now dead—proposal to temporarily fund highway construction by degrading postal services. Rafe Morrissey, vice president of postal affairs for the Greeting Card Association, wrote a commentary for Roll Call against the highway funding proposal. Fort Lauderdale, FL Branch 2550 member Mark Gereffi, honored for helping to save a customer’s life, was featured in a news story on WSVN Channel 7. Athens, OH Branch 997’s Charlie Rose, winner of NALC’s 2012 Special Carrier Alert Award, received a “shout out” in The Athens Voice for another selfless act. A Labor Notes article about the history of union activism in the 1960s and ’70s referred specifically to the Great Postal Strike of 1970. A USA Today story, about people who move to save money in retirement, led with a quote from Flushing, NY Branch 294 retiree and Nalcrest resident Steven Ramos. Retired Waterloo, IA Branch 512 letter carrier Ron Brada has written a series of columns for the Iowa Falls Times Citizen about the Postal Service and the real reason for its current financial situation.
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The most insane law by Congress, ever?
Informative pieces in The Roanoke Times, The Pennsylvania Gazette.

July 9, 2014—UPDATED July 14—Roanoke Times columnist Dan Casey wrote a lengthy piece describing how pre-funding is the real reason behind the Postal Service’s financial situation and encouraged readers to urge their representatives in Congress to fix the problem.

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An editorial in Portland, OR’s Oregonian says that the Postal Service’s partnership with Amazon is good business. It also noted the impact pre-funding has had on USPS’ bottom line.

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An editorial in Waynesboro, VA’s News Virginian says that the Postal Service can’t cut its way to solvency. Rather, Congress needs to fix pre-funding, instead.

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An op-ed by South Dakota Newspaper Association General Manager David Bordewyk in the Rapid City Journal also calls on Congress and the Postal Service to work to fix pre-funding.

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An op-ed in Federal Times by National Association of Postal Supervisors Executive Vice President Jay Killackey blames pre-funding for the reason behind “the postal blues.”

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An article in Government Executive reported on how Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) campaign to end Saturday mail delivery met with another failure.

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In an article for The Pennsylvania Gazette, blogger and postal fan Evan Kalish wrote about the importance of post offices and the Postal Service, noting the unfair burden pre-funding has placed on an agency with roots in the U.S. Constitution.

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In the July issue of NARFE, the magazine for the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, writer Susan Milligan analyzed the origins of the Postal Service’s pre-funding requirement.

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Athens, OH postmaster Joanna Burdette recently held a ceremony to present an American flag that had flown in Afghanistan to 2012 Special Carrier Alert Hero Charlie Rose, a member of Athens Branch 997.

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