The week that was

SIX-DAY DELIVERY Saturday mail delivery, and the continued threat of its discontinuation, is back in the news. The House Appropriations Committee late last week voted to restore a provision that requires the U.S. Postal Service to deliver mail on Saturdays. The bipartisan vote is a concern for House GOP leaders, who support eliminating Saturday delivery and already have plans on how to spend the projected $1 billion a year in savings. The longstanding provision has for decades been part of a spending bill with jurisdiction over the Postal?Service, but was left out this year after the agency continued to press for five-day delivery instead. GOP leaders want to spend the $1 billion in savings instead on highway construction. Good for the committee. As North Dakota continues to grow in population and new businesses spring up in western North Dakota, now is the wrong time for the Postal Service to eliminate service. Let’s hope six-day delivery stays.

TOPS IN BLUE Kudos to members of the Air Force’s Tops in Blue entertainment group, who visited and performed for residents of Trinity Homes in Minot this past week. About 25 veterans live at Trinity Homes, so the visit was extra-special for those folks. Tops In Blue is a special unit consisting of active-duty military members who promote community relations and serve as U.S. Air Force ambassadors. The group performed a free show Friday night in Minot. By visiting the residents of a local nursing home, including numerous veterans, Tops In Blue members maintain a special bond with the communities they visit. The group is observing its 60th anniversaray this year, and has performed in Minot several times. It’s an annual treat for area residents, made a little more special by the group’s visit to nursing home residents. Well done, Tops in Blue.