Friday, April 14, 2006

Wall Street Journal editoral irks USPS VP

The Wall Street Journal ran an editorial in yesterday's paper titled, Going Postal, about mail service in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

The WSJ wrote, "In Katrina's aftermath we've heard a lot about government 'incompetence,' mostly from people who have a bone to pick with the Bush Administration. But it seems likely that the private delivery companies would have outshone the Postal Service regardless of who was in the White House. Some things the private sector simply does better."

In response, USPS Public Affairs and Communications Vice President Azeezaly S. Jaffer (shown in picture) has fired off an angry letter to the WSJ and has urged all USPS employees to do the same.

Jaffer gets upset every time he hears or sees the expression, "going postal." He feels if you are going to use it, it should be a positive - rather than a negative - thing. He also doesn't like the media slamming the Post Office.

Jaffer's letter dated April 13 reads in part, "Surely The Wall Street Journal can do better than it did today with the editorial, 'Going Postal.' Using this discredited phrase to suggest that somehow Postal Service employees in New Orleans and other hurricane-devastated areas didn’t do their absolute best is nonsense, complete and utter nonsense. Let me tell you what “Going Postal” is really about."

He then goes on to list many things postal employees in the days following the devastation and how, in many cases, they went above and beyond.

To read Jaffer's letter to the Wall Street Journal and other media outlets, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM