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Monday, October 4, 2010

All about the money

We pay the phone company a monthly fee to announce to every caller to our land line that we don't accept solicitations. It stops the junk phone calls pretty effectively. But every now and then some outfit is stupid enough to push past that message and still try to solicit money from us.

We just got such a call, from -- get this -- the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland. They must be getting really desperate. And it was a female caller. It looks as though they allow the women to do something, after all.

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"His eyes were dimmed with tears and, looking humbly up to heaven, he wept for the innocence he had lost."
-- Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Question: Why do we, those who pay for the installation and maintenance of the phone equipment, have to pay extra to keep the trash calls out of our home?

It's like paying local shakedown artists to not throw trash on your front lawn or torch your home.

The history of these transactions suggests that once one gives in to that kind of extortion it is very difficult to stop.

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