New York Daily News
Ferry, ferry chaotic situtation
Staten Island: Last Thursday, two days after a tourist was cold-cocked by a supposed Statue of Liberty ticket seller, I left the Staten Island Ferry terminal and walked to the Whitehall St. R train subway station nearby. Along the way I was surrounded by no fewer than four men and women proposing to sell me tickets to the Statue of Liberty. On the return ride I took the No. 1 train to the South Ferry stop. I exited the station with about 300 tourists anxious to see the sights of Lower Manhattan, and was astounded to see over 20 Statue of Liberty hawkers surrounding the group in front of me. The hawkers went to the women in the group, grabbed their arms and led them away from the station entrance.
That conduct was unacceptable, unnecessary and possibly unlawful. There was not a single cop patrolling that side of the ferry terminal, at 11 a.m. I missed the ferry by seconds because I had to maneuver around the potential victims as they stood frozen by the wall of hawkers. Robert McKenna
Missed the third rail
Brooklyn: The MTA is considering reinstating the old W train. The Q train, which now terminates in Queens, will instead head to 96 St. in Manhattan on the new Second Ave. stubway. It has only taken in excess of a half of a century to open the first three of 16 proposed stations on the East Side. Once the entire Second Ave. subway opens, sometime next century, the T train will rule this route. After that, NYC Transit will have exhausted the alphabet. One letter, though, is conspicuously missing: the P train. Imagine saying with a straight face, “Get the Q train at Kings Highway and head to DeKalb Avenue, and then take a P.” Robert W. Lobenstein
Flushing: To Voicer Gerry Burner: “If You Really Love Me” is the title of the song sung by Brenda Lee and others. Your search is over. Marty Polsky
Encore Copiague, L.I.: For Voicer Gerry Burner: The song title is “If You Love Me (Really Love Me)” sung by Kay Starr. Have a nice day.
One more time
Green Brook, N.J.: To answer Voicer Gerry Burner, the title of the song is “Hymn to Love” (“If You Love Me, Really Love Me”) by Edith Piaf. Tecla Wisk
Hollis: Donald Trump keeps saying that this country doesn’t win anymore and that if he becomes President we will start winning again. It’s as if he thinks that running a country is a game and the goal must be to always win. However, as our current President pointed out a few days ago, being President is not a game, it is serious business. It is not so much about winning against Mexico, China, Iran or any other country. It is more about working with these and other countries to promote mutual trust and understanding in order to preserve peace and prosperity throughout the globe. Until Trump understands this, he is not ready for prime time. Let him go play games on reality TV and leave the presidency to someone more serious and responsible. Leonard Wills
Manhattan: Donald Trump’s rise in popularity and the polls is frightening, particularly to those of us who lived through Nazi occupation during World War II. Adolf Hitler promised to make Germany great again, just like Trump is promising to make America great again. Hitler made the Jews scapegoats and blamed them for Germany’s economic woes. The Donald blames Mexicans and Muslims. Millions of Jews, the handicapped, gay people, Gypsies, political opponents and atheists were all rounded up and murdered by the Nazis. My parents will be turning over in their graves if Donald Trump, grandson of German immigrant Friedrich Drumpf, is elected President of the United States.
Manhattan: Has anyone else noticed the close resemblance of Ted Cruz to Sen. Joseph McCarthy of 1950s notoriety? McCarthy was the embodiment of evil, and Cruz ranks right next to him. Go ahead, put their photos side by side. You'll see. Cruz is McCarthy’s malevolence appearing again in 2016. Very scary!
Near-zeroes for heroes
Bellerose: Interesting that after the shooting of NYPD heroes William Reddin and Andrew Yurkiw on Saturday, Mayor de Blasio used the terms “important,” “dangerous” and “crucial” to describe the jobs that NYPD officers do — but he also abides by a 1% raise for police officers. These three words cannot be used to describe the job the members of the City Council do, for which the mayor on Friday signed a 32% raise. Talk about hypocrisy.
Climate of crime
Ozone Park: Are Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton kidding when they say that crime is down in our fair city? Every day as I read the newspaper or watch the news on TV, the first two or three stories are about murders, robberies, slashings or hit and runs. Wake up, mayor and commissioner. Mike Colasanti
Shoot the target
Manhattan: It comes as little shock that recent police shootings were the result of friendly fire. When someone is shot by a cop who can’t shoot straight, the cop goes on desk duty, the victim goes to the hospital or cemetery, and the city goes to the bank to withdraw millions of dollars to pay out in damages. Robert Sieger
Long Branch, N.J.: Let me get this straight: a female cancer surgeon is double-parked. The police attempt to issue her a summons. She tells the police that she doesn’t have time for this, she has to get to the hospital. As officers are trying to cuff her, she flails her arms (you know, like Eric Garner), jumps up and down on her car, then jumps in the car and kicks at the police before driving off with the door open, striking one police officer. After her arrest, she tells the police she’s a doctor who has patients who are dying. Why wasn’t this woman shot dead by the police? I forgot: She’s white. Lenzy Kelley
East Elmhurst: My wife and I saw Big Ang on the Dr. Oz show last week. She was big to look at and had a bigger heart. She lived life to the fullest right to the very end. We all have our ups and downs. Big Ang taught us to live life and be happy as we are. She will be missed by all of us and especially by the Cancer Children of America.
Say it with a smile
Staten Island: Why do the Democrats insist on calling the Koch brothers the “Coke” brothers? Ed Koch was never called Ed Coke.
Lawrence A. Natale
Mom knows best
Goleta, Calif.: On “Good Morning America,” Robin Roberts said to Ginger Zee that the viewers will miss her during her maternity leave. That may be true, but how much is baby Adrian going to miss his mommy when she returns to work? If you had a mom like Ginger wouldn’t you want to be
Alex Trautwig/Getty Images cared for by her instead of someone who is paid to change diapers? Anyone can replace Ginger at work but no one can replace Baby Adrian’s mom!
Carol Briano McLafferty
Through the haze
Bronx: I am not at all surprised that Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity is again involved in a hazing incident. When my nephew was at Cornell, Alpha chapter scalded him so badly that he wound up in the hospital for a long time and never finished his degree. The chapter was suspended and my nephew was paid. However, I firmly believe the national organization of this fraternity lacks the willpower and strength to stop the harmful hazing that goes on. Temporary suspension is not enough for this fraternity.
Juanita M. Johnson
Butt out, Francis
Putnam Valley, N.Y.: Someone should politely tell Pope Francis that here in the United States of America, we have something called separation of church and state. He should tend to spiritual matters and not worry about American politics. He’s entitled to an opinion, but it is one he should keep to himself as he is not an American. Vicky Golden
Can’t hack it
Brooklyn: Can someone please tell me, how, the FBI, with the most modern, up-to-date cyber division, cannot crack the code of the iPhone?