COVID Card #55

June 29, 2020 | 0 comments

Mailing Evaluation Readability Lookup Instrument.

Someone went to some lengths to justify calling a machine MERLIN. In 2001, the USPS began using MERLIN machines to help automate the intensive process of verifying eligibility for bulk mail discounts. This magical marvel of modern wizardry analyzed samples of mailings consisting of 10,000 or more pieces — weighing and measuring them to make that [none] of these things were not like the others. MERLIN retired (or perhaps was lured away by the Lady of the Lake) in 2009 when the USPS switched to a performance based verification system. I would have stuck with the wizard, myself.

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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.

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