McCain: A real hero vs. Trump


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eaford, L.I.: Linda Stasi’s com­pli­ment of John McCain as “the most heroic man in gov­ern­ment” speaks vol­umes of the type of per­son gov­ern­ment needs to­day (“He’s still fight­ing for us,” col­umn, Sept. 24).

His pri­or­i­ties are to de­velop what­ever im­proves the coun­try and his ded­i­ca­tion is to his con­stituents. As for the draft-dodg­ing, yel­low-headed mo­ron who sits in the White House who in­fa­mously stated dur­ing the pri­maries that “[Sen. McCain] is not a hero. He was a war hero be­cause he was cap­tured. I like peo­ple who weren’t cap­tured.”

Does any­body re­mem­ber Trump’s re­port card promis­ing achieve­ments dur­ing his first 100 days list­ing 38 items? He ac­com­plished very lit­tle, with 10 of those prom­ises ap­proved at his desk via ex­ec­u­tive or­der or re­vers­ing some of Obama’s poli­cies. When McCain was in the Hanoi Hil­ton, Trump was play­ing ten­nis with his fa­ther, who cre­ated this ego­tis­ti­cal nar­cis­sist.

I re­luc­tantly voted for Trump at the last minute only be­cause he wasn’t Hillary. Sorry, folks! Ge­orge Lozyn­ski

A man the coun­try needs

Man­hat­tan: Sen. John McCain lit­er­ally and fig­u­ra­tively rep­re­sents a dy­ing breed of politi­cian — namely one whose con­science, and not party loy­alty, gov­erns his ac­tion­sarty loy­alty. To many he may ap­pear to be too hon­est and forth­right in his com­ments, but his views are care­fully thought out to ben­e­fit our na­tion. Hope­fully, our Pres­i­dent will re­gret the un­kind crit­i­cism of McCain, cast­ing as­per­sions on his war record. A full apol­ogy is in or­der.

Nel­son Marans

Im­prov­ing the grid­iron

Smith­town, L.I.: I’m a Gi­ants fan so I’m just barely in­ter­ested in watch­ing more NFL this year, but I have a few ideas that would make the game more in­ter­est­ing: 1) don’t al­low these guys to run around in ar­mor-like shoul­der pads and those hard dan­ger­ous hel­mets; 2) play more games per week like in base­ball and bas­ket­ball, then we could find out who the tough guys are; 3) make gain­ing ground more im­por­tant by not let­ting them ever kick the ball, mak­ing the only way to score is by pass­ing it or run­ning over the goal line. Hey, I don’t like or dis­like that Colin Kaeper­nick guy, but I know if he were good enough any­one would want him on their team. Alan Franks

Kneels of a dif­fer­ent color

Bronx: So let me get this straight: Tim Te­bow takes a knee be­fore foot­ball games and he’s a saint. But when black play­ers do the same thing, they’re booed and called traitors. What’s wrong with this pic­ture? Stephen Minter

To bow or not Te­bow

White­stone: It gets fun­nier and fun­nier as the days go on. The left was be­side it­self over the mere fact that Tim Te­bow would ac­tu­ally kneel in prayer. They were be­yond out­raged. But a bunch of spoiled, over­paid ballplay­ers bend a knee dur­ing the na­tional an­them and they think it is just as won­der­ful as guys head­ing into the end zone and cel­e­brat­ing by grab­bing their crotch, giv­ing the fin­ger or any num­ber of ad­di­tional ex­am­ples of anti-so­cial be­hav­ior. Won­der­ful. Jake McNi­cholas

No Kate hate

Lyn­d­hurst, N.J.: OK, so let’s sub­sti­tute the na­tional an­them and play “God Bless Amer­ica” and see who kneels for that. This is get­ting ridicu­lous!

Janet Catanese

Flag and coun­try

North Ar­ling­ton, N.J.: I am a 78-year-old white fe­male who did not vote for Don­ald Trump. I think he is a dis­grace to the of­fice of the Pres­i­dent, but I think he is 100% cor­rect about the ath­letes who bend a knee dur­ing the play­ing of our na­tional an­them. Not only are they dis­re­spect­ing our flag and coun­try, they are dis­re­spect­ing all our vet­er­ans who fought and died for our coun­try. They should all be made to visit our vet­er­ans homes across the United States of Amer­ica and see who true he­roes are.

Barbara Sciortino

Unit­ing un­der the an­them

River­head, L.I.: I can no longer stand by and say noth­ing about the is­sue of kneel­ing dur­ing the na­tional an­them. It is a mat­ter of re­spect for our won­der­ful coun­try. I agree the United States is not per­fect and there is much to be done to bet­ter racial equal­ity. How­ever, one thing has noth­ing to do with the other. To stand proudly, to say I am Amer­i­can and I stand by her is what the an­them is about. To kneel in protest while it is be­ing sung is a slap in the face to all — black, brown, white, etc. — who gave their life to de­fend the U.S. and all the priv­i­leges that goes along with one’s cit­i­zen­ship. Take the proper chan­nels to state your griev­ances. Stand proud to salute your coun­try. MaryAnne DeJohn

Free­dom un­der the flag

Water­bury, Conn.: To Voicer Jerome M. Becker: Salut­ing the flag and singing the na­tional an­them is not a law! Whether you’re at work, home, school — It’s. Your. Choice! It’s been as­sumed for years that all Amer­i­cans are happy as clams, want­ing to honor our col­ors, but the truth is: You have a large seg­ment of U.S. cit­i­zens who face in­jus­tice and racism on a daily ba­sis. This coun­try needs a healthy di­a­logue on race and ev­ery­one will not be happy with what they hear. But let’s face it, un­til the peo­ple of this coun­try se­ri­ously face their demons, the demons will not go away! Tyree Pope

An­other sports scan­dal

Ozone Park: I’m shocked! Shocked! to hear col­lege bas­ket­ball is tar­nished yet again by a scan­dal. It is com­mon knowl­edge that many elite school play­ers are barely lit­er­ate and are pro­tected by a co­coon of coaches/ad­min­is­tra­tors and cor­po­rate suits. Af­ter the ini­tial “Oh! my God what have we here?” wears off, ev­ery­thing will be back to nor­mal. Too much money in­volved to bother about moral ques­tions.

Ray Hack­in­son

Pride of New York sports

New Wind­sor, N.Y.: With all the con­tro­versy go­ing on with pro­fes­sional ath­letes kneel­ing dur­ing the na­tional an­them and Odell Beck­ham Jr. con­tin­u­ally mak­ing a fool of him­self, it’s re­fresh­ing to see a young slug­ger like Aaron Judge re­store some kind of san­ity. Although I am a Mets fan, this young man is a breath of fresh air. Even af­ter his 50th home run which set a new sin­gle sea­son record for rook­ies, he did not even want to come out for the cur­tain call. He is a true team-first per­son and so hum­ble and mod­est for his age. Looks like many great years are ahead for No. 99. Ku­dos to you, Aaron!

Todd Schus­ter

What women are for

Man­hat­tan: In re­sponse to Voicer Kevin Mo­ri­arty il­lus­trat­ing his ver­sion of men’s vs. women’s roles: Are we at the start of the 21st cen­tury or am I hal­lu­ci­nat­ing? Mo­ri­arty’s let­ter is so ex­treme and es­pe­cially ir­rel­e­vant now that per­haps it’s a joke and not to be taken se­ri­ously! But I guess he likes his women to be bare­foot and preg­nant, and pre­par­ing a su­perb meal for “His High­ness” when he ar­rives home from a hard day’s work. May I sug­gest that he see the film “Hid­den Fig­ures,” a true story and just one of hun­dreds of ex­am­ples of strong, in­tel­li­gent women who are in­deed fem­i­nine and who have also have made a tremen­dous dif­fer­ence in the world. If I had more com­pas­sion, my heart would bleed for Mo­ri­arty. Un­for­tu­nately, with ev­ery­thing that’s hap­pen­ing in our world to­day, I have only dis­gust for his ig­no­rance! Brenda Ni­cholls

Mom knows best

Brook­lyn: If Voicer Kevin Mo­ri­arty is hav­ing trou­ble find­ing ex­am­ples of phys­i­cally strong women, I sug­gest he be­gin with the woman who, for bet­ter or for worse, risked her life and la­bored for hours bring­ing him into this world. Kate Clif­ford

Opi­oid hints

Rock­away Park: The ar­ti­cle “20 ques­tions for par­ents to pon­der” (Sept. 26) omit­ted a few key signs of heroin use: Are you find­ing stray cot­ton balls, soda caps or small folded pieces of wax pa­per in your child’s room? These are all used to pre­pare heroin for in­ject­ing. And yes, look for di­lated pupils, but a sure sign of opi­ate abuse are pinned (very small) pupils, es­pe­cially in dim light con­di­tions. Beth Kennedy

Cut the ca­ble

JAC­QUE­LYN MARTIN/AP Sayre­ville, N.J.: If Cable­vi­sion con­tin­ues to hold their cus­tomers hostage and con­tinue to be greedy pigs they should be made to ad­just their ca­ble boxes so we, the vic­tims of their greed, can turn our TV sets back to “reg­u­lar” TV so free lo­cal chan­nels are never taken away. We con­sumers have to say at some point, “Enough is enough.” Kim Sawyer

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