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Let it ring

  • A familiar sight should be popping up a little less often starting Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004. On that date the Federal Trade Commission regulations go into effect requiring telemarketing firms to identify themselves. Under the new FTC regulations the name displayed by Caller ID must either be the company trying to make the sale or the firm making the call along with a phone number to call if you no longer want to receive the calls. The regulations are part of the do-not-call registry which started last October. (AP Photo/Roswell Daily Record, Bill Moffitt)

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>


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