Candidates should clean up their election campaign signs, a reader...

Candidates should clean up their election campaign signs, a reader says. Credit: Newsday/Larry Striegel

Classified files need chain of custody

As a retired hospital and consultant pharmacist for 45 years, I’m quite familiar with the concept of chain of custody, as we were required to be able to determine the location and individual in possession of every dose of controlled substances from receipt by the hospital to administration to the patient. And we handled thousands of doses daily.

So far, I’ve not seen any rational explanation of how classified documents managed to exit the White House for transport to Florida [“Trump calls for impartial review,” News, Aug. 23].

These documents are required to be tracked by a similar chain-of-custody procedure. It appears that these procedures were either loosely enforced or even nonexistent in the Trump White House. If the person in possession of these documents, regardless of who he may be, cannot provide complete chain-of-custody information to explain how they may have legitimately found their way to his private residence more than 850 miles from the White House, that person needs to be prosecuted.

— Leonard Cohen, Wantagh

Time for candidates to clean things up

The Democratic and Republican parties’ primary Election Day has come and gone [“Garbarino, LaLota defeat foes in Suffolk GOP races,” News, Aug. 24]. With the end of round-the-clock commercials by politicians and political action groups, we can finally have some peace and quiet — until the November election cycle. No more campaign mailings clogging mailboxes and weighing down our hardworking postal employees.

Now, if only all the winning and losing candidates would pick up all the thousands of campaign signs that litter our roads and highways to clean up our environment. Candidates’ campaign volunteers and paid staff who placed campaign signs can collect and properly dispose of them.

Why not also have some who have been sentenced to community service by judges help out as well?

— Larry Penner, Great Neck

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