As much as I would like to get back to illustrating fun tidbits of postal history, the current history being made deserves our attention.
The latest outrageous attack on the postal service comes in the form of shutting down and removing sorting machines. In the mid 1900s, as post offices became clogged with mail, sorting machines started to appear. By the 1980s, they were getting quite efficient. By 2013, machines were advanced enough that 89% of hand-written addresses could be read by machines.
Removing the machines can in no way improve efficiency of the postal service. On the contrary, it sets the service back decades. There can be no excuse for it.
Please take action.