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Just Sayin’: Police home-alarm policy a ‘racket’

How does crime add up in your neighborhood?

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The letter “Skepticism about fee for home alarms” [Just Sayin’, April 23] touched on a small part of the problem with the Nassau County Police Department and home alarms.

This strikes me as a protection racket. We pay Nassau police among the highest salaries in the nation, and it’s their job to answer home alarms. The worst part is how this alarm racket is run. If your permit lapses, and your alarm goes off, you are fined for not having a permit. Police also can put a property into “no response mode” if the permit fee hasn’t been paid.

Donald Davidson, North Merrick

Info available to help manage disabilities

In “Some disabled clients need resource site” [Just Sayin’, April 16], the writer discussed the need for a comprehensive resource for disabled individuals.

I’m happy to report that such a database exists: The 2-1-1 Long Island Call Center and website, a project of United Way Long Island and Middle Country Public Library, provides free assistance to anyone, including developmentally disabled individuals, with finding crucial services. People can dial 211, or 888-774-7633 free of charge, or visit

The state Developmental Disabilities Planning Council recently provided funding for 211 services across New York to create websites that focus on assisting people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

The Developmental Disabilities Info database is searchable by service category and is available via phone or Internet.

Betty Eberhardt, Northport

Editor’s note: The writer is the assistant vice president for community impact for the United Way of Long Island.

Be proud of America’s democratic process

In this year’s political arena, rhetoric from both sides tells us that something is terribly wrong and that America’s political system is broken. I’m glad that we have such a diversity of ideas. I do not agree with a lot of what I hear from various candidates, but I’m thankful that they are allowed to speak in public forums.

The idea that our system is broken implies that it was once OK and complete, which is far from true. Too many citizens have short memories. Our system is evolving and becoming more open to citizens voicing their opinions and taking action by voting.

Some Americans think we should be embarrassed in the eyes of the rest of the world. I think not! We should be proud of the democratic process that our country continues to follow even though there may be room for improvement.

Norman Samuels, Port Jefferson Station