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POSTAL FACTS: April 29, 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.

Don't move mail processing to Phoenix (Arizona Daily Star)

NALC President Fredric Rolando had an op-ed in the May 3 Arizona Daily Star, the leading news source for Tucson and surrounding parts of southern Arizona. In it, the president supported local leaders in their efforts to prevent the loss of Tucson’s mail-processing plant. Rolando also provided a broader picture: This is one of several ways USPS/some lawmakers are seeking to degrade the postal networks even as the USPS is increasingly profitable because of those very networks.

Click here to read the op-ed.

Closing Pendleton’s mail distribution center will harm Eastern Oregonians (East Oregonian)

President Rolando had a lengthy commentary piece in the Saturday, April 25 edition of the East Oregonian. In it, he explained postal finances and extolled the value of the Postal Service as well as the good deeds of letter carriers.

Click here to read the piece.

U.S. Postal Service still profitable, effective choice for delivery services (Deseret News)

Rolando’s commentary piece ran in the April 23 edition of Salt Lake City’s Deseret News. The piece responded to the paper’s April 17 editorial that called for allowing the U.S. Postal Service to reduce service, for example, by ending mail on Saturday (and maybe other days) and by closing postal distribution and processing centers.

Click here to read the commentary.

USPS increasingly profitable (Southeast Missourian)

Rolando had an op-ed piece in the April 22 Southeast Missourian, the leading news source for the city of Cape Girardeau, MO, and the state’s southeast region. Rolando used a news story that the paper ran on April 15—about the planned closing of a mail processing plant—to explain the actual financial picture at USPS, including the agency’s increasing profitability, and he showed why degrading service is the wrong course of action.

Click here to read the op-ed.

Heroic mail carrier put himself between shooter, victim during Carmichael standoff (KTXL-TV)

Carmichael, CA Branch 4494 letter carrier Scott Gallegos, an Iraq War Army veteran in his fourth week as a letter carrier and in his first delivery of the morning, recently risked his life by putting himself between a woman (who had apparently been shot) and the alleged assailant, who later engaged in a five-hour standoff with police.

Click here to check out the story.

Say no to Trans-Pacific Partnership (Northwest Indiana Times)

Retired letter carrier Carl Bernacky, a member of Hammond, IN Branch 580, had his letter opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement published in the April 20 Northwest Indiana Times.

Click here to read the letter.

Postal Service crisis caused by Congress (Schenectady Daily Gazette)

The Schenectady [NY] Daily Gazette on April 10 ran Northeastern New York Branch 358 President Bill Cook’s letter to the editor, pointing out the financial damage the Postal Service has endured thanks to pre-funding.

Click here to read the letter. (Scroll down on the page.)

Support Overnight Delivery Act (The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane, WA Branch 442 letter carrier Mike Rapp’s letter to the editor of The Spokesman-Review—in support of Rep. DeLauro’s Overnight Delivery Act—ran on April 8.

Click here to read the letter.