It is hard to rise to the position of political favorite in an open-seat race for governor. That is why Midlanders should respect the example set by former Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature Mike Flood. He wants to be there for his wife, Mandi, through her recovery from cancer and decided not to wage a front-running bid for governor. When her health improved, he flirted with entering the race. But he knows the commitment required by a run for high office — and the travel it demands — so he made the wise choice to put family first.
July 1 was the 50th anniversary of the Zone Improvement Plan code — the ZIP code. The U.S. Postal Service began using the five-digit numbers to speed the sorting of mail. Today, it’s used for everything from credit card authorizations to mapping programs. A postal service-IBM analysis estimated that added revenues and reduced costs from ZIP codes are valued at nearly $10 billion a year. The ZIP code’s anniversary passed quietly, but if you’d been inclined to mail a card, you would have needed those ubiquitous five digits.