George Will is a Pulitzer Prize-winning political commentator who has penned some of the most beautiful prose ever written about baseball. But yesterday, in opining about the U.S. Postal Service, he whiffed when it came to basic fact checking.
After a fascinating history lesson about how Sunday mail delivery was discontinued a century ago, Will threw this clunker into his commentary for the The Washington Post:
"Surely the government could cede this function to the private sector, which probably could have a satisfactory substitute system functioning quicker than you can say 'FedEx,' 'UPS' and 'Wal-Mart.'
The United States Postal Service has long lived on the financial edge, but it has never been as close to the precipice as it is today: the agency is so low on cash that it will not be able to make a $5.5 billion payment due this month and may have to shut down entirely this winter unless Congress takes emergency action to stabilize its finances.
“Our situation is extremely serious,” the postmaster general, Patrick R. Donahoe, said in an interview. “If Congress doesn’t act, we will default.”
The Postmaster General didn’t just tell major customers this week that the U.S. Postal Service is a business and not a government agency. He followed up with a move right out of the corporate playbook – announcing plans to stiff a major creditor.
Pat Donahoe’s revelations at the National Postal Forum about what the Postal Service planned to do, such as simplified rules and a new ad campaign -- got most of the media attention. But at least as significant was what he said about what the Postal Service will not do.
The Affordable Mail Alliance (AMA) today called on the Postal Regulatory Commission to dismiss the Postal Service's rate hike proposal filed on July 6, 2010.
I graduated from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University in 1982 having never used a computer during my undergraduate education. When I began selling for Popular Science and Times Mirror magazines in 1987, our offices at 380 Madison Ave. had rotary dial phones (clearly without voice mail). We had no fax machines or Federal Express; insertion orders came in via the U.S. Postal Service. No computers, no database-management systems of any kind, no Internet—and obviously no iPods, HD flat-screen TVs or smartphones. My secretary actually took dictation.
"D. Eadward Tree" discusses a myriad of topics, including the future of the U.S. Postal Service, how publishers can better inform the public of the green benefits of print, tips on how to best manage paper costs and more.
Today's production department bears little resemblance to the analog world of film and FedEx of not so long ago. As digital and multimedia are layered on top of a print process that is undergoing rapid change, "doing more with less" has become a common refrain among production people—and in their case, it's far more than a tired cliche.
With the new year on the horizon, publishers working without file delivery systems for their advertising needs may want to add one to their list of resolutions. With the advent of Web-based versions of these digital tools in the past decade, ad workflow has forever changed—yet not every publisher has climbed onto the bandwagon to find a technology partner just yet. Alan Darling, executive vice president of AdSEND, spoke with Publishing Executive Inbox about some of the advantages of adopting this type of technology. INBOX: What is the biggest mistake publishers make when it comes to working with file delivery systems? How can they be
It’s ironic that when selecting a printer today, printing may be one of the least important criterion. More and more, publishers are choosing printers based on their distribution capabilities, management tools and proactive customer service reps. “The trend overall seems to be that print vendors are providing additional services …,” says John Sartoris, group production director at VNU Business Publications. “Whether it’s workflow solutions or specific project solutions, print vendors are relied upon as partners to provide resources and even marketing solutions that may cover print, direct marketing, e-media and logistics.” Examples of printers helping publishers in areas other than printing have always happened,
Carlstadt, NJ -- February 7, 2006 -- Pictorial Offset Corporation, the largest privately-owned, single-facility commercial printer in the United States, will be recognized for its environmental stewardship policies and practices at the 16th Annual Rainforest Alliance Gala, May 17, 2006, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The Rainforest Alliance Gala celebrates sustainable forestry, agriculture and tourism and will present Pictorial ·Offset Corporation with its Award for Corporate Sustainable Standard-Setter. The mission of the Rainforest Alliance is to protect ecosystems, and the people and wildlife that depend on them by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.&031; Companies, cooperatives