All that junk is good for economy

While I understand people’s frustration at receiving unwanted junk mail and the issues that arise with junk mail, did anyone ever stop to think about the postal workers and the variety of individuals who are employed because of junk mail? Not only does the junk mail create and keep jobs for postal workers but for truck drivers, printers and anyone else behind the scenes in producing and sending mail.

If someone wants to send me junk mail, I can choose to read and recycle it, or I can choose to not read the junk mail and recycle anyway, thus giving someone else the job of recycling the paper. One other reason to continue with junk mail is the fact that the U.S. Postal Service is the only government office that can either break even or make a small profit instead of adding to the national debt. The Postal Service reported net earnings of $969 million in 2006 and $1.626 billion in 2005. In 2007, it lost $5.327 billion. If we choose not to continue mailing letters, junk mail, etc., then the Postal Service will eventually have to cut jobs, which we all know is harmful to the economy. If we choose to register on the Do Not Mail list, then individuals should not be surprised when postal rates increase not only for extra items, but for stamps as well.

Michael Mascio


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