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Just Sayin’: Spread love at Halloween

Newsday readers sound off on topics of the day.

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One good Halloween turn inspires another

My daughter, Jennifer Yeager, was doing her family shopping at the Target in Levittown when she decided to pick up crayons, candy and small toys to give to children for Halloween at NYU Winthrop Hospital in Mineola. She is a nurse in its neonatal intensive care unit.

At the cash register, a woman in front of Jennifer suddenly declared that she would pay for all of the items my daughter had put on the check-out counter.

The woman said it was her birthday, that she has been blessed in her life and wanted to do something nice for someone else. The items totaled $50.

The woman, who didn’t give her name, was amazed when Jennifer told her who the goodies were for. What a great day for both of these caring women!

Joan Porto, Long Beach

No campaign signs on public property

It’s election time, and our streets are strewn with signs for candidates. The eyesores are very disconcerting as I drive around my community.

Campaign signs should be allowed only on private property with the consent of the owner, not at every intersection or entrance to a highway. These signs stay long after the election. The campaigns should be fined for every sign left littering our streets.

Judi Gardner, Huntington

Copper landlines are reliable in emergencies

I received a letter from my phone-service provider that Verizon is replacing the copper phone lines in my area with fiber-optic lines. The provider said it would send a technician to my house to “migrate” my service to the fiber-optic lines.

I feel this move will put many people in danger.

As we saw during superstorm Sandy, service was uninterrupted for many with copper landlines. I have kept a landline for this reason. If a backup battery loses power, fiber-optic service can be lost.

I asked Verizon what I should do if my electricity is out longer than the the life of the company’s eight-hour battery. I was told to buy a generator. This is not an option for most, and I feel it is the height of arrogance. I feel this is a ploy by Verizon to force those who have only a landline for emergencies to accept the company’s fiber-optic service in the hope of future sales of other products.

We must ask our elected officials and the Federal Communications Commission to force the retention of copper landlines for emergencies. If you want fiber-optic lines, that is your choice, but we should not be forced to accept an unreliable alternative.

John Memoli, Massapequa

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