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Election Forum

October 8, 2012

Column: Let's hang up on these calls


Do the out-to-lunch campaign experts not realize that unwanted calls to someone’s home are intrusive, and unwanted computer-generated calls are the lowest of the low, even by telemarketing standards? At least with telemarketers, you can be placed on a Do Not Call list, but with these computerized campaign calls, your only choice is to hang up or suffer. Screaming “leave me the heck alone!” doesn’t work. I know from experience.

It’s too bad that before the campaign started, the American people couldn’t sit down with the candidates and say, “Sorry guys, despite what your experts tell you, we hate your computer-generated phone calls almost as much as we hate your negative campaign ads. So save those billions and do something constructive with the money, like paying down the national debt. Then maybe we’ll talk about giving you our votes.”


Mary Alice Cookson is a Beverly-based columnist. She welcomes comments at

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