Sunday, September 18, 2011

End Junk Mail!

The post office is struggling with financial problems and considering closing some small rural post offices and discontinuing Saturday delivery and ending the next day delivery guarantee. That is Ok by me. Do either or all.

Obviously a good quick postal service is not as important as it used to be. There was a time when the mail was delivered twice a day, but that ended about 60 years ago. With advances in alternative ways to communicate, the postal service is less important.  I never write a letter anymore; I email. I pay my bills by automatic draft or on-line.  As far as I am concerned, the postal service could be privatized and the US Postal Service shut down, but I don't see that happening. If the postal service went away, I wouldn't miss it.

One thing not being discussed, is abolishing third class mail. Junk Mail: I hate it! I get advertisements to buy life insurance, to join AARP, Heating and Air Conditioning offers, pizza deals, oil change offers, and credit card offers and solicitation for contributions.  Because I do give to political causes, I guess my name gets sold to everyone with a right-of-center cause. I seldom get anything of value in my mail box.  Why should the postal service subsidize advertising? If I could do so, I would opt out of all third class mail, but I have don't have that option, I am forced to receive it. Why should the government force me to receive mail I don't want?

Even if third class mail is not costing the postal service money, I want the rates increased so mailers will send me less of it. I suggest making third class mail more expensive than first class. I don't know the cost to the postal service of third class mail but this is a cost to me: My time taking it out of the mail box and putting in the trash unopened and then taking the trash to the curb. There is also a cost to the city for trash disposal or recycle cost.

End junk mail, save some trees, and remove an irritant from my life!

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