Dear Grumpy Editor,
After reading your rant ;) and all the comments posted so far (57), I'm somewhat surprised nobody has noticed GNU mailutils' MH support.
Debian users can access this easily:
mailutils-mh - GNU mailutils-based MH utilities
While the GNU implementation of these utilities are currently lacking some features, I know several people that have already replaced nmh in favour of these and are happy.
The biggest feature, of course, is that mailutils are actively developed (in fact, version 0.5 will be released next weekend). The rest of the Mail Utilities suite includes a scheme frontend to mail (guimb), a reimplementation of BSD mailx, pop, comsat and imap daemons and other utilities.
I know the latests MH-E releases work well with mailutils, so maybe you don't need to abandon MH after all.
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