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President's Message

April 14, 2011
Mark Strong, President

League Members,

We are still working to stop the proposed changes to Title 39 CFR. We want to remind everyone if you have not already done so to contact all your members of Congress as soon as possible regarding Title 39 CFR Part 241. This is just a cloaked plan to close 1000s of Post Offices. We believe the long term impact to the Post Office brand, overall customer trust and service, especially to rural America has not been fully consider with this change. The Postal Service has filed formal notice through the Federal Register of a proposed change to the Discontinuance (closing) process for Post Offices found in the Title 39 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). This is different from US Code Title 39, which is law. These are Postal Service regulations and do not need legislative approval or a bill to change. It is simply a regulation change, not a change in the law. The Post Office will seek comments (written) for thirty days. They will review those comments and make their determinations on whether to make the regulation changes and change the face of rural America. The 30 days open for comments expires May 2, 2011. Unless we get our Representatives to intervene, these regulations will most likely be changed and, regardless of the nice spin being placed on this proposal, it will not be good for rural America.

Congress is going on a two week break and leaving Washington to go back home this Friday. That still gives us two more days to send emails, faxes and make phone calls to your representativesí Washington DC office so it is not too late. The second point I want to make is that the home office is a great place to send a duplicate of all those letters, faxes and emails. Your representatives are home; let them know what their constituents want. They sometimes forget what is important to the citizens that voted for them. Get their commitment to object to the CFR changes and submit comments by May 2, 2011.

All of those addresses and fax numbers for Congress can be found on our Legislative Position Papers web page. All the talking points and addressees to send comments are also available on the legislative web page and should give you plenty of information to use in your letters and phone calls. These talking points were developed jointly by the LEAGUE and NAPUS so all Postmasters and customers would have the same information.

We need every Postmaster to get involved. While we need your enthusiastic support please remember, while you are on the clock or on USPS property or using a USPS phone you are the voice of the USPS and must speak with the USPS voice. When you are off the clock, at home, or on a personal phone you may share your concern for your CUSTOMERS with congress.

Mark Strong


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