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Previously in 'POSTAL FACTS'
U.S. Postal Service delivering profitable service. NALC President Fredric Rolando’s March 31 piece on the Postal Service’s value and finances was published by the national website. A story in Madison, WI’s The Cap Times noted how “the U.S. Postal Service has long been and still is a major employer of American veterans.” The Idaho State Journal covered a public meeting in Pocatello on the Postal Service’s service-cut proposals and quoted NALC Region 2 NBA Paul Price. A letter to the editor of the Lancaster [PA] Intelligencer-Journal explained how Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) H.R. 2748 is unnecessary and would hurt USPS if passed.
Pondering a USPS turnaround. NALC President Fredric Rolando is quoted first, and extensively, in a piece published in Linn’s Stamp News. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel published Region 9 National Business Agent Judy Willoughby’s letter to the editor. Anderson, IN’s The Herald Bulletin ran Carmel, IN Branch 888 letter carrier Ronnie Roush’s letter to the editor. Washington County, NE’s Pilot Tribune & Enterprise ran Fremont, NE Branch 89 letter carrier Brian Greunke’s letter. The Nation’s John Nichols wrote about how the Obama administration’s 2015 budget proposal would hurt the Postal Service.
Letter carriers in the news media. NALC President Fredric Rolando’s letter to the editor of The Wall Street Journal, in response to Sen. Bernie Sanders' highly supportive op-ed piece last week, ran on March 11. Sanders’ piece ran in The Journal on Match 5 and a day later in The Huffington Post. Region 15 National Business Agent Larry Cirelli was interviewed for a WCBS-TV story about the Postal Service. In the March issue of The American Legion Magazine, New York City Branch 36 member Juan Feliciano was featured in a story about letter carriers who are also military veterans. A letter by Fremont, NE Branch 89 letter carrier Brian Greunke to the editor of the Omaha World-Herald ran March 12. Iowa’s Sioux City Journal carried a story about how college students still love getting mail. In a March 7 speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that among the few things the federal government should do is “…deliver the mail, preferably on time and on Saturday.”

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.
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April 14, 2014—UPDATED 4/17An April 16 story on Huffington Post about Staples, USPS and the postal unions quoted NALC President Fredric Rolando in support of a quality USPS with employees who are trained, uniformed and accountable.

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Ron Berry, a retired member of Marshfield, WI Branch 978 and a former local business agent, wrote a column for the Marshfield News Herald in support of the Postal Service.

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Idaho State Association President John Paige continues to take advantage of the letters-to-the-editor sections of his state’s newspapers, with another such piece in the Twin Falls Times News.

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A retired schoolteacher put together a terrific commentary for Montana Public Radio, a piece she later updated after noting how the NALC had helped clarify with her that the Postal Service hasn't received any taxpayer money in decades.

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A Towanda, PA resident wrote a letter to the editor of Wilkes-Barre, PA’s The Citizens’ Voice in support of a robust Postal Service.

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