This is akin to what I felt when I found the new 'Delete' button on the Gmail header earlier this week. Along with the thought "what the hell took them so long to put up something so obvious." To delete in the past you had to hit the drop-down "More Actions..." and select Delete from the list, after marking one or more messages. I can only assume that the original design was to enforce the idea that with Google you didn't have to delete any messages. But there are times when you need to clean out the cruft, and creating filters (as opposed to folders) to organize the good out of the bad is a pain in the rear. It's just easier to go in and clean out older messages that no longer have any relevance. Like cleaning out the garage.