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Editorial: Quash Colorado ‘robocalls’

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail, CO Colorado

“Hello, this is Humphrey Bogart calling, asking you to support one fine dame for head honcho of this fine land. I’m talking about that feisty little twist you know as Hillary Clinton …”

“Listen punk, I’d fill you full of lead if I didn’t think you were bright

enough to vote for my friend John McCain. This is Clint Eastwood hoping

you’ll do the right thing on Election Day. Or my friends Smith, Wesson, M-16

and bazooka might drop by to ask why you voted Obama.”

You’ve probably received calls like this ” dozens of them in the days before

national, regional and even local elections. They usually come right in the

middle of dinner, though there’s hardly a time anybody finds it convenient to receive

these panhandling recorded messages from canned celebrities.

But there’s some campaign strategist somewhere who’s decided recording a

movie star and having him or her “call” you at home will win your support

for the candidate said strategist works for.

But it may be curtains for these irritating interruptions to your life. Their days may be as numbered as a bad guy on the other end of Clint Eastwood’s .44 Magnum. Colorado state Sen. Paula Sandoval, D-Denver, wants to pass a law banning the calls.

We hope it passes. We, as voters, are already bombarded with messages from

the candidates ” especially in presidential elections. Of course, that begs the question how politicians will beg us Americans for our votes.

Well, no one’s pushing a bill to ban all the junk mail they stuff in mail and post office boxes (though that’s not a bad idea). Perhaps, in exchange for robbing politicians of the right to disturb us while we’re trying to spend a precious few hours after work with our families, we should pledge to be more informed voters.

In exchange for being free from robocalls, we should promise to watch debates and read newspapers and make our own judgments ” and not wind up like the young man a co-worker overheard in a restaurant in Avon saying “Who’s Barack Obama?”

” Matt Zalaznick for the Editorial Board

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