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Guest Editorial

Bypass Mail


September 3, 2020

A little clarification can go a long way, and we hope that the statement issued by U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy represents his true view of the Alaska Bypass Mail system in Alaska.

DeJoy had raised alarms throughout Alaska with comments he made about the Bypass Mail program during an Aug. 21 hearing of the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee.

Since 1972, the Alaska Bypass Mail program — created with the assistance of the late Sen. Ted Stevens — has authorized palletized shipments of consumer goods and groceries via air to rural Alaska communities at Parcel Post rates. As such...

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