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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Editorial: Cheers and Jeers

  • Cheers to heroes in Boston, Jeers to delaying Saturday delivery decision at U.S. Postal Service.
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  • Cheers, to the heroes in Boston
        Cheers to the acts of heroism after the Boston Marathon bombings. You will often hear of feel-good stories that stem from horrific disasters, whether it was something like 9/11 or the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shootings.
                What took place on Monday was nothing different. After the bombings took place, there were rescuers and help coming almost immediately.
        One such example were military personnel that were taking part in the race. When the bomb went off, they rushed into action, clearing away debris and aiding emergency workers. For those who fled the scene and were looking for shelter, several area restaurants let them in and offered free food to victims, as well as emergency responders and volunteers. There were also thousands of people that opened up their homes for those that had no immediate place to turn to.
        Even though there may be disasters such as this one that occur on our soil, it's kind acts like these that remind us that America is a great country.
    – Amanda Wagner, Times intern
    Jeers...to delaying decision on Saturday mail delivery
        In February, Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe announced the United States Postal Service planned to halt Saturday mail delivery, but not Saturday parcel delivery. This change was slated to take place in August.
        Now, it has been announced that the Postal Service will cancel plans to end Saturday mail due to the new Congressional stopgap budget that requires six days of delivery through the end of the fiscal year. However, the language in the six day requirement is not specific. Some believe parcel delivery only on Saturdays would satisfy the terms of the stopgap.
        Fickle, fickle, fickle. What will the end result be and will it make a significant difference for a majority of the population?
        With a $15.9 billion dollar deficit last year, even after a significant rise in postal rates, the Postal Service is struggling. Changing to Saturday parcel-only delivery would save the Postal Service $2 billion a year. Is it really that important for people to receive Saturday mail and packages at the expense of taxpayers? One has to wonder what eliminating Saturday delivery all together would save money not only the United States Post Office, but each and every one of us.
        Let us hope a permanent decision, whatever it may be, is made soon so we can plan accordingly.
    – Jaime Jensen
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