EDITOR: Being fully retired and home all day on most days, I am aware of the increased number of telemarketer phone calls. Time was that they were quite annoying. That was until my phone crashed, and I replaced it with a new one with volume control and caller ID.

Now when the phone rings, I scan the ID screen and know beforehand who is calling. My phone is set for four rings only before transferring to my answering machine. Because I don't answer telemarketers and my voice is not heard, there are seldom recorded messages entered.

I've learned to live with phone calls that are no longer a problem for me and, besides, it's nice to know there are folks out there who still want to contact me even if I don't reply to them. I'm not so alone after all.

BOB GMELIN

<i>Sonoma</i>