To The Editor:

I have read and listened to the comments from all the groups opposed to the “Do Not Call Registry” and there is something I do not understand. These are people that have gone to quite a bit of trouble to say, “Do not call me. I do not want to talk to you. I dont care what about. The nicest thing I will do is hang up on you.”

Why would anyone want to call these people? I have been in the insurance business over 35 years and feel that if I knew the names of the people that did not want to talk to me, this would have served me almost as well as a list of those that did want to talk to me. I do not want to waste my time or someone elses, and I have no desire to offend someone as that very rarely leads to a circumstance that produces positive results.

This list will not impede an economic recovery because these people have said, quite simply, “I not only will not buy from you, I dont even want to talk to you.” Not having a list will not change this. It is just an excuse to continue to bother people that do not want to talk to you and have said so.

The people that have registered on this list have not said they will not buy goods and services, they have simply said they do not wish to be contacted in this manner. Why anyone would argue with them is beyond me.

This list does not impede anyones freedom of speech. You are guaranteed freedom of speech, not an audience to listen to you. If you cant draw a willing audience, you might should rethink your message or, at least, who you are presenting it to.

GARY WEBB, CLUHouston, Texas


Reproduced from National Underwriter Life & Health/Financial Services Edition, October 10, 2003. Copyright 2003 by The National Underwriter Company in the serial publication. All rights reserved.Copyright in this article as an independent work may be held by the author.