Comment from My Mom 2007 Nov 11

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From: My Mom
Date: 2007 Nov 11
Subj: unsolicited advice

In case you are interested: when we get a telephone solicitation I tell them we don't ever want their phone calls and will not give anything if they call again. I say it nicely since it is probably a well-meaning volunteer. We don't get another call. When we get too many paper requests in the mail, I have written something like "you sent 5 solicitations so far and are wasting resources. If you can not manage to limit your appeals to one a year I will send nothing in the future." This also works. If there are consequences, these places can change their behavior quickly.

My mom believes in fixing problems instead of crafting overelaborate workarounds.