I, for one, am infuriated by those running for office imposing on my private space by using my home phone as their personal bully pulpits to brow-beat me into submission day after day with relentless phone calls, recordings and surveys while they promote their qualifications to become president of the United States.

They must think we are just a bunch of dumb, uneducated, unsophisticated rubes who fell off a banana boat if they believe that harassing us will convince us that they are the ones to vote for. They have only alienated me, and I’m sure many others, with their unrelenting harassing calls.

I don’t belong to either party, and I don’t want to hear from them. I am very capable of making up my own mind. Calling my house 10 to 12 times a day from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. was not only an annoyance, it was uncalled for, considering that I sent in my absentee ballot three weeks before the South Carolina primary.

I was forced to shut off my phone ringer, answering machine and caller I.D. on my satellite dish that showed the numerous incoming calls on my TV screen, which in turn stopped me from getting calls about my advertisement to sell a few things.

Telemarketers are a pain, but those running for office are just as annoying.

Gregory J. Topliff

Glenwood Drive