Originally created 10/06/04

The last word



Sometimes what the U.S. Supreme Court doesn't do has as much impact on your life as what it does.

That's certainly the case with the high court's wonderful decision this week not to revisit the legality of the government's "do not call" registry designed to prevent unwanted telephone solicitation.

Several judges around the country had arrogantly tried to block the wildly popular, congressionally approved registry. Thankfully, the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver overruled a lower court's decision and pronounced the registry constitutional - and the U.S. Supreme Court, by declining to review that ruling this week, allowed it to be the last word.

Of course, it was patently ridiculous for telemarketers to claim some constitutional right to invade your privacy at dinner time. Now, the courts - and some 62 million Americans who have put their names on the do-not-call list - have made it official.

Leave us alone!