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Just Sayin': The treasure of Arlington cemetery

A casket is carried during a funeral service

A casket is carried during a funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Credit: AP/Susan Walsh

The treasure of Arlington cemetery

My son and I recently visited Washington, hoping to tour the Capitol. As we circled monuments and massive buildings, we mistakenly turned onto the bridge over the Potomac River, leading to Arlington National Cemetery. We were blessed.

As we hiked the half-mile to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, we were astounded at the freshly swept paths and roads, the impeccable lawns and ancient trees, and the polished gravestones (approximately 400,000 veterans are buried there). Every visitor was respectfully quiet as distant 21-gun salutes echoed gently among the hills.

We witnessed the changing of the guard, meticulous, hushed, perfect, and then a ceremony of placing a wreath for a newly buried honoree. A single bugler played taps. Many of us onlookers wept. On our walk back, a horse-drawn carriage reverently brought home another soldier, the riders immaculate in shining uniforms, dutifully solemn.

Groundskeepers, guides, parking attendants -- all showed their deep respect for this place and its residents, and every visitor did the same.

Veterans Day is Nov. 11. The paradox of Arlington and the never-finished business of a beleaguered Capitol was not lost on my son or me.

Hank Cierski, Port Jefferson Station

Candidates should have signs removed

After Election Day, all the political signs along the roads, attached to fences, on ramps to and from parkways, and at any other public places are no longer relevant. Regardless of the outcome, it would be nice to think that the candidates will make arrangements to remove their signs. Past practice suggests otherwise. A sign saying "Astorino for Governor" was hung on a vacant building in Oceanside in 2014 for the duration of former Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration.

Perhaps we should implement daily fines for those who abandon their signs.

— Wendy Frischer, Rockville Centre

It’s time to stop politicians’ littering alongside roads with their election signs. If voters don’t know who they are from all their mailings, signs won’t help. Personally, after seeing a candidate’s litter, I would never vote for the person for that reason alone. Imagine what it would look like if every candidate littered with these signs.

Our newly elected state, county and town representatives should pass a law banning this from happening.

— Ron Boehning, Massapequa

Call me for your vote, and you will lose it

The main reason I did not vote this year? It’s all those annoying campaign robocalls I was getting for a week — up until 9 p.m.! If I were to vote, I certainly wouldn’t have voted for the ones calling me.

— Thomas Sarc, Central Islip

Stop turning back clocks in the fall

When are we going to stop turning back the clocks in the fall? The concept is antiquated and serves no purpose anymore. Many dislike it. I am tired of coming home at 4:30 p.m. in the dark. It’s an easy fix.

— Sherri Levinson, Great Neck

A question about our next generation

Can someone explain how our next generation will be able to pay this ever-increasing financial debt we will be leaving them?

— William Adams Littell, Moriches

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