Letter to that Editor: Pinocchio Award


The opinion editorial in the March 6, 2019 Leader should qualify for a “Pinocchio” regarding the sale of the USPS.  

There is no information that supports the author’s claim.

This is just another feeble attempt to denigrate the administration. This paper, and many others of similar bent are propagandists for the liberal/progressive, socialist agenda of the far left.

Ron Gregory
Port Ludlow


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Tom Camfield

Lloyd Mullen's "lobby for local interests" is still seen here under "editorials." I find nothing smacking of a "pinocchio" (which the perceived-as-liberal Washington Post" has long used as a synonym for "lie," mainly in regard to Donald Trump, who has piled up more than 8,000 the past couple of years). Mullen called attention to the possible closure of rural post offices. I suspect that may have been connected with possible cost-cutting by the USPS. However, it also may have been related to Donald Trump's ongoing effort to privatize the U S. Postal Service.

The United States Postal Service is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government, one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution. It is not administered by Donald Trump, which likely gnaws at his ego. It is debt-ridden at the moment. Not qualified for deficit financing by Congress, such as the military, it is in a bind, and cost-cutting involving elimination of smaller rural post offices has been run up the flag pole now and then.

And in the background is pompous D. T. who has been proposing privatization of the post office, putting it into the hands of for-profit corporate control, since at least last June and again in September. See: https://www.govexec.com/management/2018/09/dozens-senators-both-parties-push-measure-block-trumps-usps-privatization-plan/151396/ The issue was still in the wind in December.

Gregory here views Mullen's brief comments as "just another feeble attempt to denigrate the administration." He remarks: " This paper, and many others of similar bent are propagandists for the liberal/progressive, socialist agenda of the far left." It's actually more about concern for the health or a vital public service (one not under the thumb of whims from the Oval Office). The USPS also is a partner in Free Speech and Free Press by providing circulation of the print editions of America's traditional newspapers, such as this very same Port Townsend Leader, which has been around and utilized the mails for going on 130 years. Mullen has both a right and an obligation to be concerned and involved.

So, dear readers, it's up to you to decide what are actual lies (pinocchios), where they're born and what they're made of.

Wednesday, March 13