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June 16, 2008

Last week's question:

How should Verizon compensate the 12,500 people whose unlisted numbers were accidentally made public?

Pay for the costs associated with changing numbers, including new stationery, etc. - 42 votes (41%)
Pay those customers a lump sum. - 18 votes (17%)
Give affected phone customers free phone service for life. - 25 votes (24%)
Don't give the affected customers anything; accidents happen and customers ought to be more understanding. - 18 votes (17%)


· I truly believe that the customers should receive some kind of compensation. I have a female relative who pays to have her number and address nonpublished due to a restraining order against her extremely abusive ex-husband. This mistake could cost people like my relative their lives if the wrong person gets the information.

I know there are always ways to find out information, but this made it too easy for the wrong people to gain information. These people did not want to have to change their numbers and now some may have to move in order to stay safe. Maybe a judge needs to determine each on a case-by-case basis. I am appalled at the entire situation.


· That being said, How do you go about unpublishing an address? The harm has been done.

· How about some kind of incentive for those who have the Ogden phone books to turn them in so we can get them "off the streets"? Say $10 cash to every book turned in or $10 off your Verizon phone bill or something.

This would help a lot. The hassle of having to change your phone number in calling doctors and credit card suppliers as well as changing pet tags, etc.

Your time is worth something and Verizon should have to reimburse for that.

This week's question:

How concerned are you about the contamination of spinach, tomatoes and other foodstuffs?

· Not at all. There's always going to be a small degree of risk in everything we eat.
· Very little. In the grand scheme of things, only a very small percentage of consumers gets sick.
· Somewhat. It's a concern, but it gets a lot more media attention than it's worth.
· A good bit. We have a right to think that anything we purchase for consumption is healthy.

· A lot. These events are minor cracks in the food-chain armor that could be a harbinger of potential problems on a much larger scale.
· Who eats store-bought tomatoes?

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