Junk Mail Overload

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HONESDALE -- Postal workers are about to carry a little heavier of a load, to try to ease the financial burden on the Postal Service.

According to a New York Times report, the Postal Service plans to deliver more direct mail from marketers and businesses through standard mail to help offset multi-billion dollar financial losses. It's a plan most customers aren't excited about.

"I think we get plenty enough junk mail as it is, I just don`t feel that we need anymore advertisements, and they keep raising the price of stamps so why should we have to have more junk mail," said Tom Maher of Lake Ariel.

"By adding junk mail, that`s how they`re making more money? Oh boy," said Patricia Danon of Honesdale.

Some sympathize with the post office's money troubles, but think additional mail will just clutter their homes and wind up in trash cans.

"In today`s world everything is so instantaneous, there`s email, there`s fax machines, things just get done so much quicker on so many different levels," said Jennifer Hawran of Honesdale.

"But it`s the government, you think they would have known better, they would have foreseen everything that was happening coming up and they just went right along and didn`t do anything about it," Said Dennis Considine of Honesdale.

Many people in Wayne County said they hope the post office finds other ways to stay financially stable so they have places to drop off their mail for years to come.

"I can`t even begin to imagine what it would be like. I mean this area where I live is very rural and people have to drive all the way in some cases from Pleasant Mount or Mount Pleasant and even sometimes from White Mills just to get mail delivered," said Hawran.

The Post Office's Inspector General said the new direct mail initiative could create more than a billion dollars in revenue, but many in Wayne County wonder if it's enough to keep all of the rural Post Offices open.

There have been several lawmakers working to develop do-not-mail lists. Similar to the do-not-call list that consumers could sign up for to avoid getting hammered with junk mail. So far no bills have passed.