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POSTAL FACTS: Dec. 16, 2014 (updated)

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

NALC President Fredric Rolando had an op-ed piece run over the weekend in the Idaho State Journal, an influential daily paper in Southeastern Idaho. The piece was in response to an excellent editorial the paper ran that blasted USPS’ proposed service reductions, calling them “scary” and saying they would not only essentially end rural mail delivery but also would “definitely change the way Americans look at mail delivery” in general. However, the editorial did not explain why such cuts would be absurd even from a financial standpoint; Rolando’s op-ed did.

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The Baltimore Sun published a thorough story about the Postal Service’s popularity among the public, particularly among young people. The story leads with a letter carrier, and it quotes President Rolando to good effect about the importance of maintaining services and addressing the pre-funding “fiasco.” The Sun is Maryland’s dominant news source and by far biggest paper with 180,000 circulation.

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Missouri’s Springfield News-Leader reports on the efforts of Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) to gain a moratorium on the Postal Service’s proposal to close 82 mail processing plants next year. The two senators were among the 30 who signed a Dec. 1 letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe urging him to hold off on the closures. The story notes that Blunt was the only Republican who signed the letter.

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