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POSTAL FACTS: Aug. 7, 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.

In Iowa, O'Malley and Sanders Say What Unions Wish Clinton Would (Bloomberg Politics)

In a national Bloomberg Politics story on Aug. 7, NALC President Fredric Rolando was quoted after an Iowa panel discussion with four of the Democratic presidential candidates. The story also quoted Central Iowa Merged Branch 352 member Mark Fallis, who sits on the board of the Iowa chapter of the AFL-CIO.

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Moving beyond the ‘conventional wisdom’ about the U.S. Postal Service (Washington Examiner)

President Rolando had a lengthy op-ed in the Aug. 4 Washington Examiner. The piece rebutted one that the paper ran on July 10 that sought to discredit the Postal Service, an op-ed written by the executive vice president of the Lexington Institute, a Beltway think tank that is primarily focused on defense but that has recently ventured into postal issues. The Examiner circulates heavily in the DC area and is read closely on Capitol Hill, and Rolando used the opportunity to drive home the Postal Service’s appeal to conservatives, noting its role in unifying the country and promoting neighborhood and national security, its lack of taxpayer funding, its constitutional roots, its status as the largest civilian employer of veterans, its importance to rural areas and small businesses, its importance to UPS and FedEx, and more. And the president localized the issue by explaining the role Congress has played in creating the Postal Service’s red ink, and what lawmakers should do to fix the mess they created.

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U.S. Postal Service thrives in Internet age (The Journal News)

Rolando had a letter to the editor on Aug. 4 in The Journal News, a newspaper that covers three suburban counties north of New York City: Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. Rolando’s letter corrects a staff columnist who attributed the U.S. Postal Service’s financial woes to the Internet. The president noted that USPS is operationally profitable, even with the Internet. Flawed public policy out of Washington is instead the problem, he said, and readers can do plenty about that.

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Mail service issues are not about urban v. rural (The Gazette)

The president also had an op-ed in Cedar Rapids, IA’s The Gazette, explaining why urban and rural residents are together in the same battle to retain quality postal services.

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Reductions in Postal Service unnecessary (Joplin Globe)

Rolando on Sunday, Aug. 2 had an op-ed in Missouri’s Joplin Globe. He responded to an editorial that the paper ran on July 28 that praised lawmakers, and especially Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), for looking at rural mail issues including the slowing of the mail. Rolando provided additional context, including the importance of Saturday and door deliveries and the actual financial situation of the U.S. Postal Service.

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My Turn: Postal Service red ink was created by politicians (Concord Monitor)

Rolando had an op-ed on Aug. 1 in New Hampshire’s Concord Monitor. It was in response to a piece that the paper ran from a Virginia think tank that has been trying to pit big city residents versus small-towners vis-a-vis USPS.

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Washington politics have caused ‘crisis’ in Postal Service (Morris Sun Tribune)

The president also had an op-ed on Aug. 1 in Minnesota’s Morris Sun Tribune. He responded to a piece by the National Newspaper Association that ran on July 27, discussing the slowing of mail in small towns and rural areas and the need for Congress and the postmaster general to improve the quality of service. The piece gave Rolando the opportunity to add some context, including the threats to Saturday and door deliveries, and to mention the good work letter carriers do in terms of our annual national food drive and our heroes, as well as USPS’ constitutional roots and the presence of so many military veterans.

Click here to read Rolando’s op-ed.

It’s Amazon’s World. The USPS Just Delivers in It (Bloomberg Business)

NALC Director of City Delivery Brian Renfroe was quoted in a July 30 Bloomberg Business article about the Postal Service’s partnerships with Amazon, and how they could lead to work with other e-commerce giants.

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The U.S. Postal Service's plan for profitability (Knoxville News Sentinel)

NALC Region 11 National Business Agent Dan Toth was quoted in an Aug. 6 story in Tennessee’s Knoxville News Sentinel.

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Post Office Funding Problem (Twin Falls Times-News)

Idaho State Association President John Paige had a letter to the editor in the Aug. 2 Twin Falls Times-News.

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