Letter to the editor
Following is a response to an FCW.com poll question that asked: "About how many spam e-mails do you get each day at work?"
The biggest problem with e-mail is that it doesn't cost the companies or individuals sending the advertisements any money.
I think the U.S. Postal Service needs to get involved. I wouldn't mind spending 5 cents per e-mail to friends, family or business associates because I don't send that many e-mail messages.
If the companies sending out the spam e-mail messages were charged 5 cents per e-mail sent, they would focus their e-mail messages on specific target groups in order to make them pay for themselves.
We get junk mail, but at least it is costing the companies that send it money to try to market to individuals.
Without any cost attached to it other than the programming cost to invent ways to get around spam-blocking software and firewalls, the spam problem is going to get worse and it will take quite a bit of regulation and enforcement to make it stop.
My suggestion is to hit them where it hurts the most — the pocket book — each and every time they send one.
Russ Smith Energy Department/Bechtel BWXT Idaho LLC