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Saving my 10 digits

Are everybody else's fingers tired? Mine sure are.

We've been at this 10-digit dialing thing for almost two weeks now, and I'm still not used to it. I don't think I ever will be.

Remember the good old days when we could just rattle off the last four digits of somebody's phone number. Everyone knew that if the person lived in Thomson the "595" was implied unless otherwise stated. It was the same way with the "556" in Dearing.

Now we're running the risk of confusing outsiders even further with our four-digit phone number style. Just imagine the baffled looks on people's faces when they get a "2040" after asking for the sheriff's department number or a "1781" for Thomson City Hall.

"Haven't you left out the first six digits?" they may ask.

Why yes we have. It's easier that way. Our area still hasn't caught up to the last dialing change. That's something for which I'm proud. It makes us more close-knit. So why did the Public Service Commission think we'd jump on this change enthusiastically.

I sincerely think this is the dumbest decision the PSC has made in a long, long time. Instead of costing businesses and individuals a little extra money, they thought it more prudent to (excuse my French) aggravate the snot out of everyone in the 706 area code.

In the past two weeks I have dialed only seven digits nearly every time I picked up the phone. And in my line of work, that's a lot of times to have to listen to a message that states, "This local call now requires an area code plus the seven-digit number you are calling. Please redial using the 10-digit number."

Let me first ask, isn't the government always wanting to stimulate the economy during down times. Isn't now a down time?

Hey, I know a way the PSC could have helped push a little extra money out into the economy. They could have chopped the 706 area code in half, requiring many of us to reprint checks, signs, stationary, business cards, etc. to get the new 762 code on them.

Printers and banks would have made a lot of money. Their employees would have gotten bonuses. Those employees would have spent that extra cash buying stuff they want, therefore, sending the economy into a huge upswing.

It's simple trickle-down economics folks. I thought Georgia was a Republican dominated state now. Don't those in charge remember the Ronald Reagan tax cuts aimed at doing the exact same thing.

Oh wait. Those didn't work either, did they?

Never mind my rambling, Public Service Commission. I think I'd rather deal with a tired dialing finger than a full-fledged recession in Georgia due to faulty economics from people who don't even believe their own theories. As you were.

Web posted on Thursday, April 13, 2006

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