Originally created 02/25/97

Rejects disdain for telemarketing bill

It is not often that I find myself on the other side of the fence of your editorial opinions, but the stance taken in reference to Georgia House Bill 71 could only be surpassed by an endorsement of O.J. Simpson for sainthood.

On hearing that such a telemarketing bill was in the works, visions of uninterrupted evening meals danced through my head.

Could it be true? No more Saturday afternoon calls starting with "Is Mr. Straford (90 percent of them don't even get the name right) in?"

As for the politicians, I think the tons of mail, hours of television ads, as well as those ads found in your paper, more than make up for any so-called "violation of free speech." You state, "Most inconvenient phone calls, including those running scams on the elderly, come from out of state." While the state has little control over these out-of-state organizations, and those who prey on the elderly should be taken to task, I wondered most what you considered "inconvenient."

Maybe Georgia can take the lead with this issue as well. Could the day be far where another president will come to Augusta to have a round-table discussion on curbing phone solicitations nationwide?

Yes, the phone is the quickest, cheapest and most convenient way to contact the broadest range of the public. It is not that I begrudge any organization the right to use whatever method at its disposal. Why not allow me the ability to say "no" to these groups and not waste their time, or mine?

And in regard to churches contacting you at home for tithes or pledges, I can't ever remember anyone from my church calling me about such matters. But then, on second thought, maybe it was Saturday afternoon and the line was busy.

Norman W. Stafford Jr., Augusta

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