Aiken, SC: I am a 100% disabled Vietnam Marine Veteran and disappointed to have to ask the Veterans Administration for help. I was wounded five times in combat and had two ruptured discs in my back. Being too young for a fusion at 19, one was removed and repaired.
I went to a VA clinic in Florida in 1987 with extreme back pain and was sent home on muscle relaxants. I lost feeling in my left leg from hip to toe when I got in my car. I spent a year in external therapy but did not regain sensation. In 1999, I went to the VA in Augusta, Georgia with a small lump in my upper thigh on the same dead leg. They sent me home without a biopsy because I had no one to take me to the hospital and bring me back. A nurse friend referred me to a doctor, so I drove there to have a biopsy done. I found out that I had a rare and deadly cancer. I lost a six by six inch piece of my thigh above the knee, which left me unable to bend my leg.
I lost my job in law enforcement due to a war injury after the repaired drive ruptured. I was denied my retirement and spent five years fighting the VA, which blamed my job.
I have tried to get reimbursed for a shower and two toilets in my new house which make my life easier, having difficulty using the bathroom. He had paid in advance, unable to wait due to pain. I explained my extenuating circumstances, but was told that the VA has a policy of not reimbursing veterans’ claims after the fact. Gregory J. Topliff
Brooklyn: Congratulations Chris Rock on your new Netflix special. The truth will make us free. I applaud your honesty as I pee my pants. Well done, well done! Marian Tepedino
West Orange, NJ: Can someone find a way to bring “Calvin and Hobbes” back? I haven’t enjoyed comics since 1995. “Calvin and Hobbes” reruns are more than welcome. lonnie link
Wantagh, LI: With all the controversy surrounding the removal of “Dilbert” from the Daily News and other publications, I have a question: Why is “The Cosby Show” still on TV? Juan Romanelli
Rockaway, NJ: For host Terri Gilbert: Inclusion is not changing a white person to a black person. It’s honoring a real black person who contributed to history. Why shouldn’t the Daily News show Rosa Parks and Rosie the Riveter? That would be inclusion. Miguel Ilardi
Manhattan: I bet the two men vying to run the downtown helipad (“Helipad Settlement Hearing Delayed After News Report on Company Ties,” March 4) don’t live near the flight paths of the more than 1,000 monthly helicopter flights and more than 10 daily seaplane flights over the Hudson and East rivers and much of the city from early spring through fall. These deafening helicopters and planes cause mental and physical stress and spew out toxic fumes. They fly near buildings, bridges, and each other. Just two years ago, a tour helicopter crashed into the East River near 34th Street, killing all five passengers. It was lucky that the plane didn’t crash into a building or the street and kill more people. How do these helicopters and planes help the city? They mostly benefit wealthy second-homes in the Hamptons, tourists, or, in the case of seaplanes, commuters to Boston and DC. Miriam Applebaum
Bronx: It’s hard enough to comprehend the attack on women and their reproductive organs, but to hear that some Republican-led legislatures are now changing laws that protect children in the workforce is crazy. The governor of Arkansas just relaxed all child protection laws. One state wants to allow children to work until 9 pm Another will allow children between the ages of 14 and 17 to serve alcohol in commercial establishments. Some companies are already using immigrant children to work. Force women to have children, then write laws that will kill children before their time. Have we gone totally crazy as a country? claudette mobley
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Manhattan: Re “Eric finesses Cardi B flap & Keechant mild” (March 11): It’s just another day with another “promotion” of another woman with vague qualifications, if any, in addition to being one more friend of the player, the mayor Adams. . This is incompetence and cronyism at work, again. Francesca Turchiano
Mahopac, NY: A New York Assemblyman explained that laws are made to protect us. I guess now we need a law to protect us from corrupt union operators. It will prevent union leaders from profiting from their work in a union. I wonder when the presidents of UFT and DC37 will appear on the administration’s payroll to reward them for selling out their retirees. If you voted yes on this change to Medicare Advantage and you’re still working, don’t retire, because you just sold your own future health care. james garry
Chicago: Listening to Tucker Carlson on Fox News, it’s obvious that those revelers at the Capitol on January 6 never intended to attack police officers, break windows, or call for the execution of Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi. I mean, who among us hasn’t done something dumb after consuming too much wine or maybe an off-brand drug? Personally, I cringe every time I remember all the times I was about to be arrested for committing a major crime. But maybe someone should warn Tucker that continuing to perpetuate lies and spread disinformation while his employer is being sued for doing the same is not only reckless but downright Trumpian. Bob Ory
Great Neck, LI: Last week marked 42 years since legendary anchor Walter Cronkite last signed on to the “CBS Evening News.” Cronkite was in charge of the presentation desk from April 16, 1962, to March 6, 1981. Watching Cronkite on the evening news was a communal experience in the same way as listening to the informal chats of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. on the radio it was for an earlier generation. When Cronkite declared the Vietnam War unwinnable, President Lyndon B. Johnson knew that he had lost the support of the American center. When Cronkite closed with “and that’s the way it is,” we knew everything that mattered in the world that day. His presence and his calm voice of reason are sorely needed today. larry penner
Bayonne: I heard that Sleepy Joe Biden will announce his 2024 run for president in April. I guess he’s waiting for April Fool’s Day. mike armstrong
Manhattan: This is a continuation of the story of the savage beating of Joseph Borgan that took place in Times Square on May 20, 2021 (“Jewish Victim: ‘He Could Have Died,'” May 22). There has been a wave of opposition to the decision by the Manhattan district attorney’s office to offer one of the perpetrators, Waseem Awawdeh, a six-month plea deal. Several thousand concerned New Yorkers signed a petition calling for the guilty plea to be rescinded and for Awawdeh’s attack to be classified as a hate crime. The Jewish community is under attack with an escalation of hate crime incidents, and this offer trivializes these crimes and does nothing to deter would-be perpetrators. We think this story continues to be of interest to you and your readers as you report on local issues. Daniel Feder
Valhalla, NY: Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer, both in their late 40s, are shooting lights! Yankees studs Carlos Rodon, Frankie Montas and Tommy Kahnle, all 30 and under, are injured before the season is even close to starting! Maybe Yankee fans should become Mets fans! Or maybe just have the Yankees bosses go to the local baseball leagues next to the stadium and ask a few if they want to pitch today! Michael Grisanti