Deleting a Needless Distraction (6/27/06)
One of my pet peeves is junk e-mail. Spam. Not just because it's annoying, but because it's needlessly expensive for companies large and small.
For example, here at Fox 41, we receive thousands of unwanted junk e-mails a day. So many that if we didn't buy a blocking service, each employee would waste more than an hour a day just deleting unwanted messages.
So we spend several thousand dollars a year to screen our e-mail because 93% of all our email is Spam. We spend even more to protect ourselves from the vermin who write viruses to damage our computers and deliver them through Spam.
All this seems unnecessary. Why are these Spamming weasels and virus vermin allowed to cost American business so much in blocking programs and lost productivity? Why can't Congress pass a simple law that prohibits sending commercial e-mail to anyone who doesn't request it?
We've passed a law approving a Do Not Call List, so I know this is doable.
With Congressional elections coming up in November, this might be a good time to ask your representative why it hasn't been done. And if you're a candidate, here's a little idea: This is one of the few opportunities you'll ever have to take a stand that would please almost every voter.