In 1845, Congress wanted to reduce the cost of mail transport and so it began receiving bids from would-be contractors for what “may be necessary to provide for the due celerity, certainty and security of such transportation.” The phrase “celerity, certainty, and security” was a bit of a mouthful and so postal clerks began abbreviating it using 3 asterisks (***). The bids quickly thus became known as star bids and the winning routes were known as star routes.
COVID Card #21
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The United States Postal Service has been hit hard by the pandemic. Controlling elements of the Federal Government (the president and Republican Senate) do not want to provide aid to the service. So, it’s up to us. It may seem insignificant, but if we all sent just a few letters a week, we could help ensure that our daily, free mail delivery service continues. For the past (see the card number above) days, I have drawn a card each day and mailed it to someone the next day (none are sent on Sundays; two are sent on Mondays). Please consider mailing cards and letters while we still can for 55 cents (first class letter postage). If the USPS fails, you could find it costs $8 or more to send a letter. And that’s just one of the ways we will all lose if the USPS shuts down.