Author Archives: Paul Steidler

Use Data Analytics In The War On Opioids (From InsideSources) Opioid deaths have spiked by 49 percent since 2018, with 69,710 Americans killed by opioids in 2020. Much needs to be done. While U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been intercepting and seizing much larger amounts of fentanyl at [Read More...]
A Cleaner Oil Industry: Driven By Data And Common Sense (From RealClearEnergy) The world is going to need 50 percent more energy by 2050, including a large amount of oil. This challenge can be met while also addressing climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Through data analytics, U.S. oil companies are [Read More...]
Sunday’s Mail Price Spike And Why It Really Matters On Sunday, August 29, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will raise prices an average of 6.8 percent on mail products and 8.8 percent on periodicals, such as community newspapers. This follows earlier increases on January 24, 2021, with most prices [Read More...]
Comments To Postal Regulatory Commission On Proposed Section 601 Regulations The Lexington Institute appreciates the opportunity to comment about regulations being considered for Section 601, which describes instances when letters may be carried out of the mail, or when the letter monopoly does not apply to a mailpiece. It is [Read More...]
Attorneys General and the Postal Service’s Expected September 1 Mail Slowdown Barring intervention by state Attorneys General (AGs) by September 1, mail delivery in the United States will soon take longer than it has in 50 years and slow even further. This will be particularly burdensome to senior citizens, the disabled, [Read More...]
Congress Should Not Interfere With Mail Truck Purchases (From Trucks.com) The U.S. Postal Service is in dire need of a clean, modern, and customized mail truck fleet and after rigorous and careful study has a sensible plan to get there. But Congress could mess this up and create additional problems [Read More...]
Recovering From Washington’s Fumble On The Opioid Epidemic (From InsideSources) With opioid deaths rising 29 percent during the pandemic, killing more than 55,000 Americans annually, Washington must do more to save lives. It can start by enforcing the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act (STOP Act) so criminal cartels are [Read More...]
21 Attorneys General Call For U.S. Postal Service To Re-Focus On Mail, Not Packages Twenty-one Attorneys General (AGs) have taken the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to task for seeking to further degrade first-class mail service effective September 1 and for pursuing competitive package business at the expense of its long-standing and most vital mission: [Read More...]
Statement To Postal Regulatory Commission On Proposed First-Class Mail Service Standard Changes The Lexington Institute opposes the U.S. Postal Service’s proposal to lengthen delivery times, by degrading service standards, on approximately 39 percent of first-class mail. This is a dramatic and audacious change that will alter the very character of the U.S. [Read More...]
Postal Reform Should Eliminate Private Sector Subsidies (From RealClearMarkets) Both houses of Congress are finally moving ahead in a substantive, bipartisan manner to reform the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The Postal Service Reform Act has many important and beneficial provisions. However, the legislation also has a troubling flaw, Section [Read More...]
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