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In response to Feature Writer Karen Crowder – Heating Controls in the 21st Century

Danni Says:

I ran across a similar situation 3-1/2 years ago when I moved into a new apartment and the oven was digital! I was having my volunteer help me get things marked and uh oh a digital oven is not good if you like to bake once in a while! I was fortunate that my then landlord was quick to replace it with a much more accessible oven!

I want to also add that more clothing works well and slankets are a great back-up for keeping warm! Grin


I wish to respond to Bob Branco’s inquiry about sighted people’s assumptions about us.

The ones I find amusing are the carefully chosen words, when someone hesitates to say “We watch TV,” or “We are looking for an item.”  I have had people try correcting me by saying, “No, you listen to TV.”  I smile, saying, “I use the same words you do.”

In this age of political correctness, people have gotten hyper-sensitive about the use of these every day words.

As for signing documents or receipts, I tell them where to place my signature guide. This usually works and I seldom have problems. Life is an ongoing process of politely educating and patiently pointing out that we just function differently in this world.


Karen Crowder


I’d like to comment on Mike Klimisch’s discussion of the Samsung Haven mobile phone.  Mr. Klimisch has some erroneous information in his article, which could be misleading to prospective Haven purchasers.

First, Mr. Klimisch said that you cannot transfer contacts from another phone, unless you do it one by one.  This is true.  Unfortunately, there is no consumer program currently available for transferring contacts from another phone to the Samsung Haven.  However, this can be done at a Verizon Wireless Store.  Mr. Klimisch said his friend was going to be charge $20, by the Verizon Wireless store to have his contacts transferred.  I do not know if this is a Verizon Wireless policy, or if individual stores can set their own policies regarding fees for transferring contacts.  I do know, however, there are at least two different types of Verizon wireless stores–those which are owned and operated by Verizon Wireless, and those which are contract stores; meaning that they use the name, but are not operated by Verizon Wireless.  It may be that Mr. Klimisch’s friend did business with one of these stores, who choose to charge to transfer contacts.  When I purchased my Samsung Haven, in August, for $169.95, the Verizon Wireless Store transferred my contacts from my LG VX8360, at no charge.

Next, Mr. Klimisch states, “First he noticed that when you set the alarm on the phone you can only set for the hour or half past the hour; I.e., 6 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. with

no 6:45 or 6:15 or anything like that.”  This is absolutely not true.  Any of the three alarms can be set for any time of day desired.  After reading his statement, I set my alarm for 9:55 p.m., and it worked beautifully.  It may be that Mr. Klimisch’s friend didn’t really know how to set the alarm, correctly.  But, the alarm can definitely be set for any time desired.

When Mr. Klimisch’s friend purchased the extended life battery, he had to purchase another battery cover.  I don’t know what the salesperson told him about this.  But, the need for a cover to fit over the extended life battery is clearly advertised on the Verizon Wireless site.  Yes, you do have to pay for the cover separately.  But, this is almost certainly because some people may want to purchase more than one extended life battery and wouldn’t need more than one cover.  So, the cover is not included in the battery purchase.

Finally, Mr. Klimisch took issue with the restocking fee charged his friend by Verizon Wireless, when he returned the Samsung Haven.  Restocking fees are very common, when merchandise (especially electronic merchandise) is returned.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.  If his friend thought he might be returning the phone, he should have asked, at time of purchase, if it could be returned and his money refunded.  Had that question been asked, I feel certain that the salesperson would have advised of the restocking fee.  It is not at all the same as test-driving a car.  When a consumer test-drives a car, he has not yet purchased the car.  Mr. Klimisch’s friend purchased the Haven, changed his mind and returned it; thus the restocking fee.

I have had my Haven for a little more than a month and a half and really love it.  I’m sorry Mr. Klimisch’s friend didn’t like his or didn’t learn enough about it to have all of his questions answered.

Cindy Handel


Regarding Feature Writer Romeo Edmead – Dog or Cane, You Decide

During my school and working days, I used sighted guide most of the time.  Someone was always going at least near where I needed to go, so getting me to my destination was not an inconvenience.  That’s how I met people and got to chatting and swapping ideas and friendships can form in this manner.  This travel method, which I still use all the time, was not even mentioned in the article.  I get the feeling that the sighted guide method is looked down upon by many blind people and this shouldn’t be the case. 



My name is Roy McCutcheon and I’m a very avid Braille reader. I wanted to comment on the article “To Braille or Not To Braille.”

I feel that Braille is extremely important to the literacy of blind people. I’ve noticed that those who mainly use speech do not spell very well. That’s because it’s more difficult to stop and check the spelling of a word or name. They especially don’t know how to spell names currently in the news that are more difficult. With Braille, you can look at spelling immediately and also look at the layout and formatting of a specific document. Sure, voice reading has its place. It’s much less expensive and more portable, although with the new portable Braille displays out that is much less of a concern. I won a Brailliant 80-cell display. It’s very portable, operates on AC power, USB, or battery and is extremely portable. I have taken it on the road many times with my laptop and can also connect to my cell phone using MoblieSpeak. I urge all of you, if you have the choice, to consider Braille. It will make you more literate. Let’s not let such a wonderful means of written communication go by the wayside.

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