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Postal Union and Free Press

October 04, 1987

The front page attention given your story "Postal Union . . . Newsletter Fight" (Sept. 27) reinforces and underscores my beliefs that this country exists because of a strong and free press.

Like John Peter Zenger's New York Weekly Journal and the thousands of tabloids and newsletters that followed, the Coastal Line has expressed the concerns and interests of its readers. For 14 years administrative policy has been debated before its 3,000 subscribers.

A free press acts as a check and balance system on improprieties, as well as a catalyst for providing information to its readers in order that they may make more intelligent decisions.

A union free press provides counterpoints to management views, as well as providing information on legislation, arbitration and negotiations that affect working conditions, health and child care, environment and community.

The issues raised by editor Barbara Ribar must be addressed and resolved in a context of "reason." The free press can raise the conscience level of its audience, but it is the audience that resolves issues in the proper forums.

PETER A. KATZ

Santa Ana

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