U.S. Postal Service and Free Speech

A postal employee writes a short letter to The Times in answer to an editorial that he feels is critical of employees of the U.S. Postal Service. The letter is printed on the editorial page and by the next day the general public has forgotten it.

A member of postal management reads the letter and takes disciplinary action against the employee. That action gets front-page coverage in the Metro section of The Times (April 23).

I wonder which action cast the most unfavorable light on the U.S. Postal Service?



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