To The Daily Sun,
Joel Edinburg's letter on advertising flyers in the Tuesday Sun hit a hot-spot with me.
The unsolicited inclusion of advertising flyers and other assorted junk mail in our daily mail is both wasteful and irresponsible. It requires tons of resources to produce including paper, ink, and energy, and creates tons of useless waste to be disposed of or recycled mostly without having served a useful purpose. It also requires labor and the labor costs at the post office to sort and deliver this material. This includes flyers from super markets, auto dealers, as well as daily "bugles" from various towns in the area.
I once contacted the post office to see if I could "unsubscribe" from one of the "bugles" and was told that since the distributors pay for a mailing permit to distribute them that the U.S. Postal Service has to deliver them. Shame on Uncle Sam if that's true.
If we are truly trying to be environmentally conscious, the delivery of tons of paper to our mail, much of which goes immediately into the trash without serving a useful purpose should be stopped. It's a shame that legislation can't be adopted that would allow a person to unsubscribe to this useless and irresponsible waste of resources.
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