Wednesday, January 15, 2014


I have a few complaints today, all pertaining to mail.  First off JUNK MAIL.  I don't know about you but we get a very high volume of junk mail. 

On a daily basis we average 6 to 8 pieces of different content and sizes, Thursdays are worse because that is flyer day.  Not only do we get them in the post box we get a bag of them in the driveway, which, for some reason are all the same with a few more added.  The thing that bugs me the most are the ones from charities.  Don't get me wrong, I understand that this has to be done to generate donations and we donate monthly to many animal charities but I don't understand why they have to keep sending so many address labels and greeting cards.  These must cost a fortune even with discounts.  Why not just put those funds back into your charity.  Most people who would donate would still donate without the hundreds of labels we are sent yearly.  I have enough return address labels to keep me going until 2020, and I am not being ironic.

Our Blue Box is brimming with flyers, envelopes and just paper junk every week.  I don't burn paper, bad for the enviornment.  I could not believe there are actually books out now teaching crafting with junk mail, these people have too much time on their hands.

Then, I go to check my e-mail in the morning and I have dozens of junk mail e-mails and not just in my SPAM.  SPAM, who came up with that term?  I am sure I am not the only one who sees the blue can in their minds whenever they see that word. 

I get Junk Mail on my computer at an alarming rate all day.  I don't even know how they get my address.  I do online shopping but I don't take surveys so that baffles me.

All I want is a quiet, Junk, Spam free life.  It get exhausting erasing Junk and wrapping Junk mail to put outside every week.  How many more trees have to die?

And now for the second part of my Rant.  Canada Post announced the elimination of thousands of postal carrier jobs starting in March this year.  The plan is to stop door to door delivery.

The friendly Mailman will be a relic, a thing of the past.  How can this happen?  I do not understand how the government could allow such a slap in the Canadian peoples face and then to add insult to injury our stamps are being raised from 65 cents to $1. each, unless you buy a book.  That also means sending packages will be outrages.  Sign your first born over to the government folks that's the only way you will get your packages delivered in Canada.

These central post boxes have been around for a while.  Now they want to put them everywhere.  That is fine if you live within walking distance but what about us Rural people?  We live a good 2 miles from a central crossing and others around the country farther.  What about the elderly?  If you don't have a car or strong legs those boxes are going to fill up fast. Not everyone owns a computer for bills either, so what about those.

Our pretty country mailboxes will not longer exist.  They will be turned into planters of worse.  I have signed several petitiions, I don't know if that does any good but my fellow Canadians, if you sign one who knows, we may still live in a Democracy.

Well, that is my Rant for the week, felt good to get it out there. 

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  1. Oh my word! A dollar to mail a letter? And I thought that our PO going up to 49 cents was bad!

  2. I completely agree about the charity mailing, the money could be better spent elsewhere. Actually, my husband did some work for a major charity a few years ago, and he was staggered by the amount of money that was wasted within the organisation.
    Central mail seems like a backwards step. I feel sorry for those who enjoy receiving mail, for some it might be their only link to the outside world.

  3. I had to laugh at today's rant! I too receive lots of junk question is, "How many trees have to die for all this dreck??!" LOL However, there is a silver lining in this little black cloud, all that junk mail goes through our shredder and after collecting a container full, it's deposited into a garbage bag and into the recycling bin. Now all that spam is another problem...can't recycle that but thankfully, there is a delete prompt.

    As for the end of the "mailman" how sad! Postage is outrageous here in the U.S. too...almost had a heart attack when I sent a padded envelop containing light weight items and a box of light weight red chile pods for my friend who misses making her enchilada sauce and can't locate any of the good New Mexico stuff in Pennsylvania. It was outrageous. Was told prices increased Jan. 1-2 for all the mailing venues, U.S. Postal Service, UPS and FedEx.

    We still have our mailmen...they change from day to day. Well, as Bob Dylan sang many years ago, "The Times, they are a changin'" But for the better???

    Ok, I'm done with my rant. Thanks for your post...good one.


  4. The price of mailing a letter is ridicules..It seems that the prices go up each week. Here in the States they tried doing away with mail delivery on Saturday. There was so much negative feed back that it didn't go through but, that could change. I remember as a kid during Christmas that they were delivering mail twice a day. Things sure have changed.
    This is a great post!

  5. I hate that they are doing that! I fear that's where we're headed in the States, as well. We are also rural people, so I understand your worries about this... darn it!


  6. Rant away Sue, I agree with each and every word you've said. We live in the country as well, the nearest 'main' road is 2 kilometers away down a very, very steep road. I know the days of our little rural post office are numbered and the thought of my personal letters and packages sitting unattended in one of those central post boxes available to any thief who decides to break in and steal it all sets my teeth on edge. And don't get me started on postage rates! I am sure complaining won't help but I've sent letters expressing my displeasure to Canada Post, how much do you want to bet they don't get delivered?!! Deb

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