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Money readers react to 'call' block
Most respond negatively to the court ruling that blocked the national 'do-not-call' list.
September 25, 2003: 2:22 PM EDT

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - A federal court in Oklahoma has blocked the national "do-not-call" list that would allow consumers to stop most unwanted telephone sales calls.

Here is how some CNN/Money readers responded to the court ruling.

CNN/Money reader #1:

"The court should not be interfering in the FTC 'Do not call' list. The voting public has spoken with over 50 million people registering for the list.

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"The court should back away from this. Nobody's right to free speech has been taken away, only my rights not to have some lame telemarketer ruin my life with their incessant calls.

"I suggest that everyone calls the members of the Direct Marketing Association 24 hours a day seven days week, to see how they appreciate being inconvenienced."

Reader #2:

"No story regarding Lee West's decision to disregard the desires of 50 million Americans should be considered complete without the inclusion of Mr. West's complete name, address and a telephone number where he can be reached during dinner time."

Reader #3:

"Over 50,000,000 Americans have signed up for the national do-not-call registry.

"Judge Lee West of Oklahoma has overturned the whole thing because he says the FTC has exceeded its authority.

"So 50,000,000 Americans who have loudly and clearly stated that they are sick and damn tired of being bothered will have to continue to put up with this."

Reader #4:

"In a period when unemployment is so high it is an outrage that 2 million to 2.5 million hard workers will be out of a job."

Reader #5:

"Now that 50 million people's voices have been ignored by the Direct Marketers Association and the court, what will the FTC do with the information they collected for the Do Not Call list?"

Reader #6:

"Oh my God, can this be happening. The rights of the Direct Marketers Association overrule the rights of tens of millions of workday-weary Americans who had a chance for some relief from those outrageous telemarketing calls almost all times of the day. I guess I got to start calling my national representatives in the Congress about this. But wasn't this registry a result of past legislation anyway? Can you clear this up for me?"

Reader #7:

"I am a telemarketer who has been feeding my family through this type of work for 17 years. What folks are missing is that there are companies that are exporting jobs to India, China, and Mexico.

"Telemarketing has made jobs available to those that were laid off from Corporate America. Unfortunately more people will be laid off if this law takes effect. I'm not saying we shouldn't respect people's rights. I'm just saying leave our jobs alone."

Reader #8:

"If a solicitor comes to my door, I have the right not to let them into my house. It doesn't restrict their freedom of speech. They can stand out on the doorstep and talk to the door all they want. Americans should have that same choice regarding harassing telemarketers. Fifty million Americans have already made that choice and it shouldn't be taken away from them."

Reader #9:

"I guess the only question for the people who advocate the Do Not Call List is: What would you rather have us do?

"Should we loot, burn, and take what we need to survive? Or would you rather look at the caller i.d. and not answer the phone?"  Top of page

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