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POSTAL FACTS: Oct. 9, 2015 (updated)

What reporters and commentators are writing and saying about the Postal Service, and how NALC members and leaders are making their voices heard.

Politics pushed USPS into red (The Washington Times)

NALC President Fredric Rolando’s letter to the editor of The Washington Times ran on Oct. 1. It rebuts a commentary piece by Ken Blackwell, former Ohio treasurer and secretary of state and former mayor of Cincinnati.

Click here to read the letter.

Letter to the Editor (Cold Spring Record)

President Rolando and postal issues dominated the editorial page in Minnesota’s Cold Spring Record on Sept. 29. The president’s letter to the editor that day responded to an earlier editorial that had blamed postal pensions for USPS’ financial problems. Also on Sept. 29, Editor Mike Austreng wrote that the earlier editorial had confused pensions with retiree health benefits, and that he has since learned that the cause of the financial issues at USPS is the congressional mandate that USPS, and only USPS, fully pre-fund these benefits. Austreng’s “Corner Copy” column introduced Rolando’s letter and invited people to read it.

Click here to read both pieces (in one PDF).

Former government reinventor calls for breakup of U.S. Postal Service (The Baltimore Sun)

NALC Chief of Staff Jim Sauber weighed in heavily on the Sunday, Oct. 4 Baltimore Sun story about a recent Brookings Institution study on USPS. The story put the study into context, including comments from Sauber and the Postal Service as well as Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who represents Baltimore’s congressional district and who is the ranking member of the House committee with USPS oversight.

Click here to read the story.

Why sell off the Postal Service if it’s still making money? (The Washington Post)

Sauber also was quoted extensively in an Oct. 7 online Washington Post article that followed up on reaction to the Brookings study. Although the article has some flaws, it does acknowledge that pre-funding accounts for most of the Postal Service’s losses, that no other entity is required to pre-fund at all, and that postal finances have stabilized as the economy improves. 

Click here to read the article.

USPS is profitable, lean, mean (The Fresno Bee)

Fresno, CA Branch 231 letter carrier Eric Ellis’ letter to the editor of The Fresno Bee ran on Oct. 2.

Click here to read the letter.

Privatizing USPS would end universal mail access (The Mercury)

Retired Kansas State Association President Rod Holub’s letter to the editor of Manhattan, KS’s The Mercury ran on Oct. 3.

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Press coverage of the 2015 Letter Carrier Heroes of the Year awards on Oct. 8