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I sent the following letter to Wendy McCaw at the Santa Barbara News-Press. It is in reference to my weekly receipt of the News-Press Extra. The Extra is comprised of a one-page smattering of headlines, with photos and a sentence-or-two blurb under each; the News-Press Classifieds section; and a bunch of advertisement mailers (i.e. junk mail). It is absolutely absurd. My reasons for not wanting to receive the Extra are outlined in the letter below. I thought you may be interested.

Thank you for providing a valuable, meaningful product week after week for so many years. Keep up the good work.

Ms. McCaw:

My name is Jonathan True at [ADDRESS] in Santa Barbara.

I am imploring you to immediately stop “delivering” the News-Press Extra to my home.

Here are the reasons why I don’t want it:

1. It is unsolicited (i.e. I haven’t asked for it and I don’t want it).

2. It is wasteful of paper and plastic, as well as gas and oil for someone to drive around “delivering” it.

3. It doesn’t provide me with any meaningful news; it is essentially nothing but a bunch of unwanted, unsolicited advertisements.

4. I think the News-Press sucks in general.

5. I am angry with News-Press management (led by you) who screwed over the former writers and staff, and I don’t like your political positions.

6. The Extra is thrown (without exception) into my newly planted succulent garden in my front yard, where plants are broken and need to be replaced every week.

You need to immediately stop tossing the News-Press Extra into my yard. If I continue to receive it, I will be speaking with my attorney about taking legal action for damage to my garden and ongoing expenditures on plants. I will also be sending this letter to the Santa Barbara Independent, posting this letter online, and doing everything in my power to let people know how poorly the News-Press is managed and operated. I expect to never see another Extra in my yard again.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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