Bi-Partisan Green Campaigning!

Waiting for the deluge of mail pieces as each election cycle proceeds towards election day….is obscene! The cost to the evironment and to the voters is ridiculous. Here in Orange County we can get upwards of hundreds of pieces of three color candidate and initiative paper. The variety of Slate Mailers, the immense Yea and Nay tirades, the endless choices of Republicans, Democrats and Independents are augmented by those independent expenditures from Firefighters, Police and Public Employee Unions.

Has anyone ever done a “Risk Assessment” to the environment that stems from political mailers alone? The time has come to quit the antique tradition of “stuffing the mail boxes of America”. This is the “Cyber Age” and deserves Cyber Solutions! Every Newspaper in the country is complaining that they are losing readership….they need to take Cyber Ads from Candidates for their websites! Right Wing, Left Wing and DTS (Decline to State) websites are dying for ways to fund those endeavors and get Candidate and Initiative money! Between those awful unsolicitated “Vote for….” phone calls before election day and our overburdened mail boxes…….the time has come to require those nonsensical endeavors to cease!

This is the time to “Green” the Political process. If we cannot set the bar higher for politicians…how can this hypocritical endeavor be sold to anyone else. All politicians should be driving fuel efficient automobiles, looking for ways to save energy and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. All politicians should be using the latest technological advances to reduce the use, transportation and dependence on paper mail. The only paper mail that should be utilized by politicians is that of a thank you letter to constituients for their opinions or support.

We cannot continue to condone the wasteful use of natural resources and the transportation thereof by our United States Postal Service, regarding Measure A, B or C. The only mail that should be used for election politics should be for those constituients that request paper mailers rather than e-mail. Each constituient should be polled to find out whether they want paper in the mail rather than an e-mail communication. Mail sent to these constituients should offer an opt in or out option. Can we imagine how much we could save our environment by going Cyber?

So, as the National election approaches…save all your paper pieces sent by politicians and interest groups. Cross out your address and write: “Return to Sender” and drop it at your local Post Office. When they get several thousand mail pieces back…..they may just get the message!


About Ron & Anna Winship

Independent News Producers/Writers and Directors for Parker-Longbow Productions. Independent Programming which includes a broad variety of Political, Entertainment and Professional Personalities. Cutting Edge - a talk show...is the flagship of over 30 URL websites developed or under development. The Winships have been blogging for the Orange Juice since back when nickels had buffalos on them, and men wore onions attached to their belts, because it was the fashion back then.