Editor’s note: The following letter was addressed to U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons, and U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt-Rochester, and was sent to the Coastal Point for publication.
I am writing to request that Congress enact legislation to stop the flood of robo-calls that your constituents are receiving. The number of calls we receive each day, not only on our home telephones but on our cell phones as well, is astounding. That number seems to increase as time goes by.
Recently, these callers have been leaving messages on our answering devices, making them even more annoying. In addition, many of these calls are scams which could cause serious problems for us and are especially a threat to older Americans. To further complicate the matter, somehow these callers seem to have an inexhaustible supply of numbers that share our area code, making us think that the supposedly local caller is someone to whom we should pay attention or might know.
I consider these calls to be an invasion of my privacy. We no longer answer either our home phone or our cell phones unless we recognize the name of the caller. The nuisance of the phone ringing, sometimes as early as 8:30 in the morning and frequently at meal time, has added stress to everyday lives, and we should not have to put up with this.
These are extraordinarily difficult times for our federal government. Partisanship seems to be the rule, and your ability to accomplish positive governing is severely limited. This is an issue which affects hundreds of millions of United States citizens daily, and it is a totally non-partisan issue. I know that the vast majority of Americans, whether they be Democrats, Republicans, Independents or anything else, would be very grateful for some action from our federal government which would remove these robo-calls from our lives and reduce the annoyance and stress in which they result.
Thank you for your consideration on this matter and for any action you can take.