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Published: Friday, October 25, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Outdated tradition

Phone book deliveries a waste

I came home the other day to find not one, but two phone books on my front porch. I got to thinking when was the last time I used a phone book, and I could not remember. I remember when there was only one phone book and it was made by "the phone company." Back when we had just one phone company. Now there are like four different companies that put out their version of the phone book. I get them delivered to me at least two times a year, if not more.
It got me wondering how many people feel the same way I do. How many millions of trees are being wasted and used to make these phone books that are being delivered to all of us in the country. Only a small portion of the population still uses these things. The majority of people today use the Internet to look up phone numbers and addresses. Cell phone numbers are not listed in our phone books and 99 percent of the population today now use cell phones. Most people don't even use "land lines" anymore. (However, having said that, I would love a phone book to be created that list cell phone numbers ... now that would be useful.)
I know there are a few people who still use old-school phone books. I think they should deliver them only to those who have ordered them. They should not be automatically delivered to every house in the USA. They are a huge waste of a natural resource. Not only are they are out dated but they weigh a ton and take up lots of room in our recycling bin.
Who is with me on this? Just say no to phone books!

Susan Martin
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