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Please don’t take away our land lines

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webmaster | 04/10/14

There are some places in this great nation of ours that soon will be losing their land-line telephones. They will have to rely on cell phones or forget about making phone calls altogether.

Fortunately, we still have our land-line phones. And fortunately, the call quality on them is great. The same cannot be said, unfortunately, for cell phone call quality.

Cell phone call quality can depend on many things. For example, if you are making a call from your car, the quality of the call may be great, or terrible, depending on where you are driving. If you happen to be driving next to a police officer, your call quality may get worse, because the cop may pull you over, take your cell phone and stomp on it.

Actually, I don’t think the police are allowed to stomp on cell phones, though sometimes they no doubt feel like doing it.

Law-enforcement agencies in California these days are putting extra emphasis into enforcing the state’s laws against distracted driving. The other day, I was driving, and my cell phone rang. I reached for it — but then remembered that if a police officer happened to see me answering it, I might wind up with a big, fat ticket. So, before answering the call, I pulled over and put the car in park. Then I turned it off, got out of the car, locked it and walked a block away from it. Then I returned the call. (Actually, I didn’t get out of the car. I just turned it off. Then I returned the call. I’m not an idiot, although some might disagree with me.)

I might think that they can have my land-line phone when they pull it out of my cold, dead hand, but I never would say that. I like clear-sounding calls as well as the next person, maybe more so. And I’ve never been ticketed for talking on a land-line phone, probably because I’ve never taken one with me in the car.

Let’s hope they wait a while before pulling out our land-line phones in Madera.


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