The United States Postal Service won’t stop delivering junk mail. They tell us to contact each sender individually, but of course, that doesn’t work with “resident” junk mail. This does not come as a complete surprise since the USPS makes millions of dollars each year delivering junk mail. However, it is wasteful, annoying and now, with the anthrax scare of 2001, potentially deadly.
U.S. Citizens should not have to receive mail that is not specifically addressed to them. We should not have to receive unsolicited junk mail that has been sent by someone who has purchased our name and address from a list broker. Just because someone -anyone- decides to mail something to us does not mean we should be forced to receive it. What is to keep a terrorist from purchasing names and addresses from a list broker and sending anthrax tainted “junk mail” to recipients, or just sending mail addressed to “resident”, “occupant”, or “box holder”?
Since the USPS has now admitted they can not guarantee that our mail is safe, the USPS should honor anyone’s instructions not to deliver to their home, business or Post Office Box, any mail that is addressed to “resident”, “occupant”, etc., or mail without a return address. We do have a right to protect ourselves, and the USPS, an arm of the Federal Government, has an obligation to to place safety of U.S. Citizens above profit.
Now is the time to send your letters of concern to the USPS and Congress. (See above). You can also use Form 1500 to reject unwanted mail. (Thanks to Robert McGee for the above).
“We therefore categorically reject the argument that a vendor has a right under the Constitution or otherwise to send unwanted material into the home of another. If this prohibition operates to impede the flow of even valid ideas, the answer is that no one has a right to press even ‘good’ ideas on an unwilling recipient. That we are often ‘captives’ outside the sanctuary of the home and subject to objectionable speech and other sound does not mean we must be captives everywhere. (cite omitted) The asserted right of a mailer, we repeat, stops at the outer boundary of every person’s domain.” – Justice Burger, for the majority, in ROWAN v. U. S. POST OFFICE DEPT. , 397 U.S. 728 (1970)