IT'S BAD enough hearing my own phone ring these days, because it's usually not good news.

But I shouldn't have to be answering the phone every time there's a ring in the background of a TV show.

With the development of good sound, the TV rings really match home phones. (C'mon, I know you too have tried to answer a phone ring that was really on TV.)

With that annoyance, plus all the news tickers, network logos and name IDs on my TV screen, I sure wouldn't mind having another button on one of my six remotes to eliminate it all somehow.

Please don't tell me to get a universal remote, change my phone ring or eliminate my closed captioning.

How about the cable companies eliminate all those unwanted things that are distracting during "Dr. Oz"?

Frank Graff

Sea Isle City, N.J.