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Letters to the editor

August 15, 1997

Battling the telemarketers

To the editor:

This letter is in response to Lisa S. McAllister's "Remove me from your list, which was published July 14.

Lisa is right on target with her viewpoints and feeling concerning telemarketers. I am sure nearly everyone within reading distance of this newspaper has a story, (or two) they could share about these unwanted, often stressful telephone calls.

My belief is that many telemarketers have over-stepped that fine line of "selling." They have turned this sales ploy into harassment. While there are several telemarketing firms that display manners and comprehend, "No!" most have become rude and obnoxious. You can tell these people "no" until you're blue in the face.

The opinion that myself and others share is that this is harassment that needs to be either curtailed or preferably stopped altogether. My belief is that if telemarketers cannot comprehend the meaning of the simple word, "No," then they certainly can't be expected to know how to handle monetary situations that are a lot more difficult.

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Several weeks ago, I received another telemarketing phone call at 8:30 a.m. (my husband works second shift). I did my best to politely get them off the phone but, as usual, politeness didn't work. In the end, my nerves had to get to the point where I hung up on them.

Sick and tired of this harassment, I called Del. Bruce Poole's, Del. Bob McKee's, and Del. John Donoghue's offices later in the day. All three empathized with the situation. McKee, who is in my district, as well as a representative from Donoghue's office, looked into the matter. Poole was very cooperative.

After much research, McKee explained in great detail that telemarketing falls under federal government and suggested I call Rep. Roscoe Bartlett's office. Donoghue's office said they would mail me further information. I have telephoned Bartlett's office and hope to hear back soon as to the next course of action.

I have also spoken with Terry Headlee and Guy Fletcher of The Herald-Mail. Both gentlemen have cognitive and highly imaginative ideas on ways to effectively handle telemarketers. I hope they do a story and share their anecdotes. I am positive their insights will be appreciated.

If other readers feel they same way as most of us do, call your local congressman. Let him/her know how you feel. We pay our telephone bills the same as telemarketers do and maintain the right not to be harassed in the privacy of our homes.

Kathryn Greenough

Williamsport

Protect the kids

To the editor:

I would like to call your attention to the ad for Gladsden Refractive Center you ran on page A-13 of today's (June 26th) paper.

You'll notice that it shows an unhelmeted parent and child riding their bikes. I think if you were to ask any bicycle safety expert, you would be told that this can lead to serious head trauma in the event of a fall. Therefore it seems that it would be a good idea to not run such a picture.

The last time I saw this ad I telephoned the center to alert them to the problem I saw with this ad, but obviously they paid no attention.

The ad says: "Being a parent means being active." I would also think it means trying to protect your child from danger when possible. You may wish to consult the website for the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute at: http://www.bhsi.org.

Kathy Bilton

Sharpsburg

Artiste sought

To the editor:

Can any of your readers help me to find the present location of one of Hagerstown's most well-known citizens? In the 1960s and '70s there was a famous burlesque artiste known as Busty Russell.

She was raised in Hagerstown, and I believe that her real name was Sandra Churchey. She still has many fans in England. I would like to write an article about her and hopefully dedicate a page on the Internet to her. If anyone has any information about her, would they please write to me at: 89 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7DQ, England, or e-mail me at: rccfynes@dmu.ac.uk.

Thank you for your help. With best wishes,

Dr. Richard C. C. Fynes

Leicester, England

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