June 2018
Contacting Congress...Voices are being Heard!
We spoke with several of you after the newsletter went out last month who not only used the link to contact your government officials, but also passed the link to people in your company, your customers, and others in the industry.
As of May 15th, several senators have presented S.2835 "Protecting Rational Incentives in Newsprint Trade Act of 2018" (dubbed the "PRINT Act") to temporarily stop the tariffs until a thorough investigation could be completed (see link just below).
Gail contacted one of her state representatives regarding S.2835  (note: many of the press releases through other outlets have this erroneously listed as S. 2385)  and  received the following reply:
"In the Senate, this legislation falls under the jurisdiction of the Finance Committee. While I am not a member of that Committee, I want to assure you that I will be following the progress of this bill and will keep your views in mind if this or related legislation comes before the full Senate for consideration."
Gail also recently spent some time researching the reasons why various paper product plants were closed over the last 10 years.  Not once did any of them mention undercutting from Canada.  China and Indonesia...in some cases, yes.  But not Canada.   The majority of the revenue problems attributed digital vs. print readership for the lack of orders that caused slow-downs and closures. (This is not new information for anyone in the printing industry) 
One major all-inclusive report includes a section that focuses on the number of plants in Canada vs. the number in the USA.  It suggests that  NAFTA and trade between the two countries helps equal out the supply/demand necessary in this economy.
Hopefully the Finance Committee will find the same thing.
In the mean time, if the house bill hasn't passed by the time this goes out, use the link below but change the wording to "Please encourage the passing of  S.2835 PRINT act".  Feel free to write in the comments how this is affecting not only your financial bottom line, but also your ability to obtain paper.
Contact Congress through the STOPP Portal:   https://www.stopnewsprinttariffs.org/contact-congress/
We've also added some additional informational articles to the Worth Reading section of our user group, including one titled "Are Newsprint Tariff's Protecting our Jobs or Just Another Nail in the Coffin?"

 Details Added to the Pressman Manuals
We have added NEW details to the Web Leader, Atlas, and Quad-Stack Pressman Manuals.  These include instructions on how to measure various blanket and iron settings when troubleshooting or after doing maintenance.  If your manuals don't reflect the "May 2018" revision, please sign in to the user group and download the revised version.

There are also updates in the Atlas Folder and Single Oscillator Quad-Stack parts manual.  We suggest consulting the online version whenever you don't already know a part number.

Users Stepping Up... Thank you!

We sent out a call early last month for help in our user group.  Over 30 of you took a deeper look at the problem, and several offered advice!  It appears that the problem was solved thanks to your suggestions.  For the solution that worked...take a look!  Thank you! 

 

Earlier this week we sent out another request for help regarding speed vs. registration on a Quad-Stack.  If you haven't had the chance to look yet, please do so now ! 

 Do you Proofread on Paper?
Do you ever wonder why you find typos or number inversions in an article or blog that seem so obvious to you, but were missed by prior proofreaders?  We came across a blog on the Domtar webpage that explains why this happens.  A portion of that reads:
"... because we know what we meant to write, our brains tend to fill in the correct word or spelling even when there is a mistake. Editing functions in popular word processing applications can help flag spelling errors, but they don't always find words that have been used incorrectly. When we review material onscreen, we often miss those errors simply because our brains autocorrect them.

There are six other tips regarding proofing on paper provided in the article, which is stored in our user group.  We've also included the full Proofreader Marks cheat sheet.
  June 9th... Donald Duck Day!
Happy Birthday Donald!
Donald Fauntleroy Duck turns 84 on June 9th. One of Disney's most loved characters, Donald first appeared in "The Wise Hen" on June 9, 1934.  Chances are, just reading his name allows your brain to hear his "voice".
Like many of us, Donald has tried his hand at many different jobs.  Clicking on his picture will take you to a list of 21 of them... complete with clips from the cartoons where he starred in those roles.  It's an awesome "Hey!  I remember that one!" experience that we are gifting you this month in Donald's honor! 

 How to "do the duck"...
American voice actor, Clarence "Ducky" Nash, was the voice of Donald Duck (as well as other members of the Duck family) from 1934 until he passed away in 1985.  In addition to voicing for Disney, he enjoyed taking a ventriloquist replica of Donald to entertain children at schools, hospitals, and orphanages.
 
The following steps are printed instructions in the Disney Archives from Clarence Nash on the correct way to make a Donald Duck voice:
  1. Put your tongue to the roof of your mouth
  2. Twist tongue a little to the left
  3. Press tongue
  4. "Vibrate" tongue
  5. Form words just like using your own voice

 

Mr. Nash said his greatest challenge was when cartoons had to be dubbed into foreign languages. Words were written phonetically in the scripts.  He later recalled, "I learned to quack in French ('couac'), Chinese (Yes, Peking Duck!), and German. For some reason, German was the hardest."
We've posted an official Duck Dialog page to our "Worth Reading" site... seriously!  There are phrases in there that the Disney Studio decided could be understood using the official Donald Duck voice.  Fun to look at, fun to try!
Parting Thought
Every day or two, I strolled to the village to hear some of the gossip which is incessantly going on there, circulating either from mouth to mouth, or from newspaper to newspaper, and which, taken in homeopathic doses, was really as refreshing in its way as the rustle of leaves and the peeping of frogs.
 
Henry David Thoreau

Rick Guinn:   rickg@webpressllc.com  (Operations Manager)

Scott Roberts:   parts@webpressllc.com  (Parts Manager)

Gail Sampson:   gails@webpressllc.com  (Customer Support)

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