Brooklyn: I wont be kneeling on Super Bowl Sunday and heres why: My father was drafted in World War II while still a teenager. He rose up the ranks to sergeant. He worked the mortar cannon and carried a .45 caliber side-arm. He fought at the Battle of the Bulge. There were no such things as protests or kneeling. Your government sent you a letter that began with Greetings and off you went.
Growing up, I only got a few stories out of my father in terms of his war experiences. All of them I cherish. All of them hurt my heart.
When asked about the war, dad would just turn his head away, shake his head, fight back a tear and say Unspeakable. Unspeakable.
He never liked Memorial Day because Army tanks rolled down Richmond Ave. on Staten Island. His recollection of tanks involved the body limbs that used to get caught up in the tracks as they trekked through the snow and the mud-filled hills of Germany.
He likewise did not like the Fourth of July because he felt it glorified and celebrated war. And the sound of fireworks didnt sit well with him either. This was long before PTSD but he had it; of course he did.
There exist great injustices in this country at the expense of people of color and of women. Its been said, if you were born a white male in this country you won the lottery. The flag is about hope and promise and honors those who have served; those who have died in the name of this country and who presently serve despite all the sacrifice; those who stood up to serve. Some of my fellow Americans may choose to take a knee, I choose not to. Rob Hagen
Manhattan: Thanks for the Jan. 31 story (Sanitman suffers gruesome injury) about Mark Bonifacio, the man who caught his arm in the mechanical broom, but why not call him by his proper title? Hes a sanitation worker, not a garbage man. The latter is outdated and offensive (rather like Negro or Oriental). Since the Daily News is the paper of choice for the majority of san workers, the label was especially unfortunate. Perhaps you didnt know that being a sanitation worker is many times more dangerous than being a cop or a firefighter. Theyre always included in the Bureau of Labor Statistics annual list of top-ten most dangerous jobs in the country. Robin Nagle, PhD, Anthropologist-in-Residence, Department of Sanitation
Long Island City: The Daily News has led the way with its in-depth reporting on the unfolding crisis in New York Citys public housing. Eight percent of the citys residents live in NYCHA buildings, many of which are breaking down at delivering critical services like heat, even as temperatures plunge. There has also been eye-opening reporting about mold and cockroach infestation. All of these are consequences of failing building circulation systems. The majority of these buildings were erected between 1945 and 1965. The piping, heating and ventilation systems which my members design, install and maintain have passed their expected useful life spans. These critical operating systems are the heart, lungs and arteries of buildings, and like in the human body, as they age and deteriorate, illness and vulnerability increase. Pipes forced into service beyond their original life expectancy leak, become clogged and can even burst behind the ceilings and walls, which causes mold, attracts vermin and endangers residents health. Aging pipes also can cause the kinds of heating problems that weve seen in recent months. It is past time for public housing residents to be properly protected by their landlords. Patrick Dolan, president, Steamfitters Local 638
Ritzville, Wash.: I am a senior citizen living in the Northwest for the past three years. I moved to NYC from Philadelphia in 1975 and I lived in every borough except Staten Island and I have been reading the Daily News for 43 years. Now that I live in Washington, I have been relying on your paper to keep me informed about everything going on back home. Ellen Makki
Manhattan: Although I am a fairly parsimonious elder living on a fixed income, Im willing to pay a dollar weekly to read the subscription online. I read the Times online with a subscription and The Post, the Daily News and West Side Rag to find out what the heck is going on in the City and my neighborhood. I have to tell you the Post has better-designed headlines and articles for reading. Im one of those people who will only be able to pay a dollar a week for an online subscription but I am highly educated and can tell you if you want people to pay for an online subscription youve got to do better with your online format and headlines. Shane Patrice
Astoria: To Linda Stasi: To ask Melania Trump to not make the same mistake as Hillary Clinton by booting her husband is very insulting to women who wish to live their lives according to their own plan for themselves. Who are you to impart your opinion on others? Please stop pushing that opinion on how a marriage should work. Everyone has their own arrangement, as they should. Please stop putting your nose into other peoples personal business. They have kids, just stop. You are no expert on the human condition or what makes someone happy or unhappy. What a turnoff you have become. Laraine Day
Manhattan: We hear every day about how Russia interfered in our election and undermined our democratic government. However, John Kerry from the previous Obama administration is usurping power by interfering in Trumps foreign policies without any repercussions. The former secretary of state is undermining the United States foreign policies in the Middle East by meeting with Palestinian officials. The country voted for Trump and only he and his administration has the democratic and constitutional right to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority. In fact, Kerry, who is vying to be the next President, is openly violating the Logan Act, the federal law that criminalizes negotiation by an unauthorized person with a foreign government having a dispute with the United States. Josh Dentz
Kew Gardens Hills: FBI now stands for Facing Big Issues. This memo reveals that the FBI is among the Deep State demons who want to destroy President Trump. So is the CIA which stands for Comically Inept Amateurs. Those clowns couldnt find a hooker in a whorehouse. Richard Reif
Little Neck: Re Repub: Let me at Gilly (Feb. 1): Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has positioned herself as the wingman for Chuck Schumer and his anti-NY and anti-America policies. A me-too Democrat who has changed her opinions more times than a runway model changes outfits. Thank God for a responsible challenger from the Republican Party. I will support Chele Farley extensively. New York (and America) is crying for bipartisan action by responsible adults, rather than ideology-driven children that cripple all of us. Sonny Lapilotta
Los Angeles: This is just a reminder to those of you who are thinking of voting for Michael Grimm: You are voting for a fraud and a bully. However, if you have already made up your mind about voting for Grimm, then odds are you also voted for Donald Trump, and you continue to support him. Therefore, I dont expect you drooling idiots to have any issues at all electing another fraud and bully to office. James Montalbano
Lake Huntington, L.I.: How did Gov. Cuomo get such high polling numbers when New York is having an exodus of people? Cuomo spends like there is no tomorrow and taxes are so high. The many people I talk to on social media, the poll is that we need to get rid of Cuomo as he is no good for New York or anywhere. What area(s) are being polled? Most importantly, how many people were polled for each rating? There are over 19 million people in New York. How many were polled, 100? Don Dittmer
Brooklyn: With all the poor innocent people being deported, I hope the feds get rid of that bum Joe Giudice when his prison sentence is up. Even better I hope his loud mouth wife Theresa joins him in his departure! Mary Zanfini