To The Daily Sun,
Last month my Laconia single-family household has received an unbelievable collection of double-sided glossy color mailings from politicians of every color ... mostly blue and red. Almost all have come in daily duplicate if not more, since both my husband and I receive our own copies. The daily stack has been generally four to eight deep and I now wish that I had kept them and counted them so that I could report accurately the absolute waste of paper, trees, manpower and mostly of money that could be used to feed the poor, house the homeless, fix the roads, improve healthcare and schools, almost anything you could imagine.
But instead, all this money is now filling up our landfills and (at least I can hope) our recycling bins. This goes as well for the plastic and metal signs at every corner, which will never decompose.
When will this indiscriminate waste end? It gets worse every election cycle, and I'll tell you that the only piece of paper that has had any impact at all was the simple black and white letter that arrived today from my voting precinct thanking me for voting last time and encouraging me to vote this time.
We, the voting public, are not stupid, and are not swayed by the wave of colorful garbage with which the post is being clogged. I will vote. I wish I could vote for only those who never sent me a piece of anything in the mail, but, sadly, there are none of you. In this age of electronic communication, you need to get with the program and employ these lower impact options to spread your messages.
While some voters still prefer contact via "snail mail," you need to research your constituency better and figure out who they are and target your efforts with more fact based intention. I submit my heartfelt plea to those of you who are elected: Please make your first order of business to create a serious bipartisan effort to end all this disgusting waste of resources. Then maybe you will have actually deserved our votes.