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Readers Write: Old calendars a resource, not a nuisance for us

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Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2016 11:24 am

was rather surprised by Elizabeth Allen’s letter in the Sept. 16 issue.  

While I don’t know her personally, it seems her past letters were intelligent, well thought out and important contributions to improving our lives in Great Neck.  

I always read her letters and have a lot of gratitude and respect for her.  

I also believe that complaining and anger are not as effective as looking for solutions.  So here are mine:

 I make envelopes out of calendar illustrations and use them for personal mail and to carry things in my purse.  People seem to love them.  

I would be glad to take all Ms. Allen’s unwanted calendars.

 I donate any free unwanted greeting cards to local thrift shops, at least one of which sometimes gives away free items to those in need or to anyone.  

I use free address labels on my letters ( I used to buy them.  While I can’t use Ms. Allen’s, maybe she can.

 If junk mail really distresses  you, just call the company and say six words: “Please take me off your list,” which in my experience, they always do.

 Finally, I welcome junk mail because I assume it is helping to keep the U.S. Postal Service in existence.  

In fact, postage rates were lowered this past year, something I don’t remember happening in the past.  

Getting junk mail is a small price to pay for the privilege of receiving old fashioned personal mail, which I love.

Diane Coffield

Great Neck

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