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Quote of the Day - Most Consumers have found that by and large the registry stops most telemarketing calls they've been receiving. - David Robbins

Don't Call Me, I'll Call You

I've not commented on the National Do Not Call Registry so far. Sure, it's seen its ups and downs. But it sounds like a great idea to me, as well as 50 million others.

Plus 11 executives of the Direct Marketing Association. The DMA is the trade group of the telemarketers.

Kind of ironic, isn't it?

None of us want to get calls during dinner to learn that we have just won a three-day cruise as long as we attend a 90-minute, pressurized sales hustle, er, I mean seminar. In fact, there's a wide range of ideas out there to stop telemarketers.

I'm all for it. I signed up for all the telephone numbers that I have (that's a whole 'nother blog entry). I even signed up on California's list.

The free speech thing, though, has prompted some thoughful observations. I come down on the side of my free speech, however, in not being invaded in my home. I get to choose what TV stations I watch, why can't I choose who to talk to?

Now, however, there's a new wrinkle in this whole twist. We can't even get two federal agencies and a judge to agree on who gets to see the list.

Really, I don't care who sees it, as long as it's in the hands of the telemarketers and someone's going to enforce it when I get a call during dinner.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on Saturday, October 04, 2003


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