The week that was

TRANSIT MEETINGS SCHEDULED The city has scheduled open houses to gather public feedback on improving Minot’s transit service, and we encourage anyone who uses the system to attend one of the meetings. Project planners and city representatives will discuss the plan and take comments at meetings scheduled Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Minot State University Student Center and Thursday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in Dakota Square Mall. Issues to be explained and discussed include expanding service hours into the evening, adding weekend service, improving marketing and improving integration with other modes of transportations, including pedestrian and bike connections. There will also be discussion of short- and long-term priorities. Again, if you use the public transit system in Minot, it’s important that you attend one of these meetings to make your opinions known.

STAMP PRICE HIKE? The Postal Service continues to be in the midst of a financial disaster, according to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, who suggested last week that the agency may need an emergency postage rate increase in order to keep operating. The post office expects to lose $6 billion this year; last year it lost $16 million. Donahoe said the agency’s cash flow is dangerously low, and without quick action by Congress, the situation will continue to get worse. The agency’s board of governors could request a special rate increase as early as next week. The agency continues to work toward finding solutions to its money-losing ways, including the potential to end Saturday delivery or end door-to-door delivery, both of which would be troublesome to say the least for millions of customers. Does the agency need to be reorganized? Probably, but we remain opposed to ending Saturday and door-to-door delivery services.