Postal Editorials for Download

Slow Mail Costs Money

August 18, 2017

Most people get mail every day, Monday through Saturday.  But what happens when the mail comes later than we expect? 

We count on the mail

August 3, 2016

I got the mail today. A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that was?)

Lately, it occurs to me how completely I take for granted that I will get the mail tomorrow.

Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures

January 6, 2015

A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description. USPS will slow delivery officially by one day for First-Class and Periodicals mail. Many members of Congress have asked it to hold off. But USPS is plowing ahead.

Saturday mail loss stings worst in small towns

February 25, 2013

Why do small town newspapers publish on Saturdays?

Weeklies face major challenges with postal decision

January 2, 2013

With a strong regional daily publishing 25 miles away in the next county, our two weeklies, The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander, seldom carry a Valassis insert.

Your Right To Know Is in Danger

October 12, 2012

Imagine a world without newspapers, where there¹s no coverage of local government, no human interest stories to enliven and give texture to communities, no stories about local sports teams and none of the daily entertainment features subscribers have come to love.

A junk deal

September 19, 2012

The U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission recently approved a deal with junk mail peddlers that cuts rates—up to 40 percent—for direct mail companies to move their preprinted advertisements through the mail.

Unsavory competition

September 19, 2012

The newspaper business has been hit this past month with a plan by the United States Postal Service to entice advertising to a major national USPS-favored advertising firm, Valassis, which bought the direct mail firm ADVO in 2006. Valassis is receiving favorable postage rates to the detriment of both first class postal customers, small business and newspapers.

Postal monopoly should not be allowed to pick winners, losers in the free market

September 19, 2012

The newspaper business—from the largest daily to the smallest of weekly publications—has sounded full-throated opposition this past month about a plan by the U.S. Postal Service that would essentially pick winners and losers in the field of direct mail advertising.

USPS plan
meddles in
the market

September 18, 2012

The newspaper business – both small and large papers – across the country has sounded full-throated opposition this past month about a plan by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to purposely entice advertising out of the newspaper so ads can be placed instead with the USPS-favored stakeholder Valassis Communications Inc., of Livonia, Mich., which bought the direct mail company Advo Inc. of Windsor, Conn., in 2006.

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