Is it possible to have The Gazette delivered to a subscriber’s home minus all the advertising circulars, especially like the $1.50 batch we received in the Nov. 22, issue, all of which went immediately into the indoor recycling receptacle and, later in the day, into the city recycling bin?

Then on Nov. 24 came another batch pitched to promote Black Friday sales; on Saturday, Sunday and Monday came further bundles promoting Cyber Week--all of which circulars experienced the same fate: quick transferal from indoor to outdoor recycling. I also subscribe to the Wisconsin State Journal, which means I get hit with a double whammy of circulars!

I find this barrage of advertising promoting commercialism/consumerism discouraging, especially during a holiday season supposed to be honoring other values. And there is more to come as we approach the Christmas season, which really now begins the day after Thanksgiving. And then comes Valentine’s Day, then Mother’s Day, and so it goes. Such a waste.

As William Wordsworth so aptly expressed it, “The world is too much with us: late and soon,/ Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers…”


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