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POSTAL FACTS: Sept. 4, 2015 (updated)

P.O. prefunding a fiasco (Tribune-Phonograph)
Preserving postal networks (The Record-Review)
Mail service costs are not the problem (Tribune Record Gleaner)
Red ink slows deliveries (Courier Sentinel)
Contact congressmen, senators about need for postal service (The Star News)

NALC President Fredric Rolando had a commentary published in five Wisconsin newspapers in August, after Abbottsford’s Tribune-Phonograph ran an item in late July asking mail subscribers whether their newspapers arrived late. Rolando’s commentary, which provided the broader context about postal issues, ran in the Tribune-Phonograph and also in four sister papers—Edgar’s Record-Review; Loyal’s Tribune Record Gleaner; Cadot, Cornell and Lake Holcombe’s Courier Sentinel; and Medford’s Star News—as an op-ed or as a lengthy letter. One paper accompanied the president’s piece with that note about letting local postmasters know about delays, while another ran contact information for the local House representative and the two senators and urged readers to contact them.

Click here to read the version in the Tribune-Phonograph (PDF)
Click here to read the version in the The Record-Review (PDF)
Click here to read the version in the Tribune Record Gleaner (PDF)
Click here to read the version in the Courier Sentinel (PDF)
Click here to read the version in the The Star News (PDF)

Katrina 10: An Oral History (Government Executive)

To mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Government Executive talked with 10 people who witnessed the storm and its aftermath from their roles in government. Among those interviewed was NALC Vice President Lew Drass, who at the time was the national business agent for NALC Region 8, which serves letter carriers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.

Click here to read the article.

In Support of the Postal Service (Twin Falls Times-News)
Postal service a success (Coeur d’Alene Press)

Idaho State Association President John Paige’s letters to the editor ran on Sept. 4 in Twin Falls Times-News and The Coeur d’Alene Press.

Click here to read the letter in the Times-News.
Click here to read the letter in the Press.

USPS not broken, but it needs support of Congress (The Grand Island Independent)

Kearney, NE Branch 312 President Ken Nickerson’s letter to the editor of The Grand Island Independent ran on Sept. 3.

Click here to read the letter.

Letter: United States Postal Service $1.2B operating profit this year (Current in Carmel)
Fix USPS funding mandate, Congress (Kokomo Tribune)
US Postal Service shows $1.2B profit (Martinsville Reporter-Times)

Carmel, IN Branch 888 President Ronnie Roush’s recent letter to the editor of Current in Carmel (“Postal Facts,” Aug. 19) also ran in two other Indiana newspapers: Kokomo’s Tribune and Martinsville’s Reporter-Times.

Click here to read the letter in Current in Carmel.
Click here to read the letter in the Kokomo Tribune
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Click here to read the letter in The Reporter-Times (subscription required).

Wants ‘sensible’ postal reform (Messenger News)
It's time for 'sensible' postal reform (Sioux City Journal)
Postal Service needs your help (Omaha World Herald)
Retirement pre-funding puts Postal Service in red (Des Moines Register)
U.S. Postal Service need continues to grow (Argus Leader)

Sioux City, IA Branch 69 President Eddie Lofland had a letter to the editor run in five newspapers: Iowa’s Fort Dodge Messenger News, Sioux City Journal and Des Moines Register; Omaha World Herald, and Sioux Falls, SD’s Argus Leader.

Click here to read the letter in the Messenger News (subscription required).
Click here to read the letter in the Sioux City Journal.
Click here to read the letter in the Omaha World Herald.
Click here to read the letter in The Des Moines Register.

Click here to read the letter in the Argus Leader.

Letter: A few bad postal workers do not represent the whole (The Buffalo News)

On Aug. 27, The Buffalo News ran Buffalo-Western New York Branch 3 President Emeritus Robert McLennan’s letter to the editor in response to an Aug. 22 article (“Local postal service stamped with rash of carrier crimes”).

Click here to read the letter.