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November 26, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Junk mail

I want more, please

An “overstressed” and “overworked” postal worker in Apex, N.C., was reported to have failed to deliver “junk mail” to customers on his route for more than seven years. What is most shocking is the praise given to the postal worker for his effort to relieve his customers of the unwanted mail [“No complaints after a postal worker failed to deliver,” Nation & World, Nov. 23].

What the story fails to acknowledge, and what most of my neighbors fail to realize, is that the junk mail that aggravates many postal customers pays for the costs of our mail system. Most people now use e-mail rather than regular mail for personal correspondence. Many bills are paid electronically.

What would happen to our mail service without junk mail paying the bills? Appreciate it. I love it.

— Howard Monta, Seattle

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