As the election season nears its end, the public is inundated by the candidates’ unrelenting efforts to win the victory prizes. These prizes may be for themselves, their party and/or for special interest groups.

We the voters are bombarded by television ads and debates, roadside signs, mailings and telephone calls (mostly robo).

The debates are a lesson in rudeness and deliberate evasion of the moderator’s questions. The number of roadside signs is a blurred distraction, or a suggestion that the property owner supports the message or the candidate’s platform of promises. The ads and mailings lean heavily toward the negative.

And the telephone calls.

The telephone rings at the most inappropriate times, interrupting my peace of mind and personal space, not to mention in other families the sleep of an ill person or child.

Thanks for calling, George, to remind me to vote.

Ruth, regrets. I won’t be able to join Charlie at the reception.

Mike, why are you calling me about your friend Todd?

In a very few instances, I have been able to call back and talk to a person, requesting the removal of my name and number from their calling list and telling them about my idea.

My idea is that just as there is a no-call list for certain types of calls, so too should there be national and state registries for individuals who do not want these calls invading our homes.

I agree, not with the “maybe” but with the plea that “there should be a sense of politeness.” Respect for others, politeness, civil discourse; all are missing from the political scene.

Priscilla A. Doel, Vassalboro

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