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print email Source: Editorial: New Yorkers Brace For Rate Increases
June 22, 2017 | 08:57 AM

I know I'm only a small fish in the pond, but people are not getting replies from Lee Zeldin about why it is failing. Since 2010 when Republicans regained control of the House and Senate, they have done everything that they can to defund ACA and undermine the insurance industry's confidence in the system. They have filed lawsuits against ACA which has made insurance companies nervous. They have consistently forced President Obama to delay the Cadillac tax which represents 40% of the funding. MONEY makes the system work. Now, President Trump refuses to enforce the mandate. The system that was put in place under ACA is not perfect just like most other laws, but it can be made to work. Unfortunately, each time I asked Mr. Zeldin he never has a response.

Imagine the conversation we would be having right now if both parties supported it and allowed the system to work. I really don't think we would be talking about high deductibles or higher premiums or insurance companies leaving States. Funding and confidence in the system makes it work. Since 2010 both have been sorely lacking.

Jay Scheick
print email Source: Editorial: DONíT EAT FOIE GRAS
The Double Kiss Thing
June 21, 2017 | 01:09 AM

Very funny column Jerry ! especially the parts about the double-cheek kiss. Where you once tried to pull it off; lost your balance; and wound up putting your hand on the woman's breast and kissing her nose to avoid a fall. Or, on another occasion, where you almost swallowed a woman's earring. Been there; done that. But somewhere in the "ė90s, after years of watching women do it to each other, I discovered the key to success ! the "air kiss"Ě. No actual physical kissing with lips but rather, just two heads bobbing around each other like two chickens pecking at the same kernel of corn at the same time. And upon further personal thought and investigation about why women always did the "air kiss"Ě, I eventually learned the truth ! their MAKEUP. That is, one errant and actual to-cheek-to-cheek contact could ruin everything that took hours to achieve. Hence, the "air kiss"Ě. Most guys will never know this (although women know it's true), so the next time you encounter a woman offering you the "double kiss"Ě greeting thing, just aim for her shoulders and you'll be OK ""especially if she has a mustache. Your friend and loyal helper, Bill

Bill Crandall
print email Source: Editorial: The Silent Invasion
Comrade Jerry
June 19, 2017 | 09:27 PM

I vill make you Secretary of State, since you are a famous advertising man, you will head all the propaganda news for the other countries. Forget two country merge, eventually one global country, no borders.

Vladamir Putin
print email Source: Editorial: Mobile Home Owners Fighting Back
Half Truths??
June 18, 2017 | 02:13 PM

Colo Title 38-12-207. MOBILE HOME PARK ACT " Security deposits - legal process. (1) The owner of a mobile home park or
his agents may charge a security deposit not greater than the amount of one month's rent or two
month's rent for multiwide units.
(2) Legal process, other than eviction, shall be used for the collection of utility charges
and incidental service charges other than those provided by the rental agreement."- Quote me 1 law that justifies your $1500 "move out deposit". Or one that gives you the right to "enter the premises without notice or right to cure" like the memo YOUR MANAGER posted in Front Range?
38-12-503. Warranty of habitability. "(1) In every rental agreement, the landlord is
deemed to warrant that the residential premises is fit for human habitation.
(2) A landlord breaches the warranty of habitability set forth in subsection (1) of this
section if:
(a) A residential premises is uninhabitable as described in section 38-12-505 or
otherwise unfit for human habitation; and
(b) The residential premises is in a condition that is materially dangerous or hazardous to
the tenant's life, health, or safety
(5) Except as set forth in this part 5, any agreement waiving or modifying the warranty of
habitability shall be void as contrary to public policy." Would you like me to quote the terms in EVERY CONTRACT YOU CLAIM ADHERES TO THE MHPA THAT CONTRADICTS THIS?
38-12-509. Prohibition on retaliation. "(1) A landlord shall not retaliate against a tenant
for alleging a breach of the warranty of habitability by discriminatorily increasing rent or
decreasing services or by bringing or threatening to bring an action for possession in response to
the tenant having made a good faith complaint to the landlord or to a governmental agency
alleging a breach of the warranty of habitability."- Do you need a copy of the demand to remove my fence that was in compliance until 5 DAYS AFTER I FILED ON THIS??
38-12-203. Reasons for termination "(c), when the mobile home is owned by a person other than the owner
of the mobile home park, the mobile home is a separate unit of ownership, and regulations that
are adopted subsequent to the unit location in the park without the consent of the home owner
and that place restrictions or requirements on that separate unit are prima facie unreasonable" Can you provide one statement from a home owner, NOT made under duress, who agreed to the forced removal of our fences? I can bring over 200 that say they didn't!

Would you like to see a copy of the email your manager sent that demands residents sign your new illegal lease before they can use the pool? How about the clause in the lease which gives you the authority to take ownership of someone's home if there's no approved resident on lease when someone dies? Should we pull the court records of the suits you've lost, then repeated the same thing you were told by a judge you couldn't do A WEEK LATER. The residents aren't trying to get you all convicted under the organized crime acts in 5 states because we're petty, IT'S BECAUSE YOU'RE CRIMINALS!!! The discrimination suits in Utah, (Hunter v. Kingsley settlement May 25,2017), California, Colorado, forgery conviction in Florida, EPA conviction in New York! We don't need half truths Mr. Sorenson, we've got the whole truth to combat your lies!

Billy Bear Jarrett
print email Source: Editorial: FOR PEDOPHILES: ONE STRIKE AND YOUíRE OUT
"leading scholar on pedophilia"? Trash!
June 17, 2017 | 07:33 PM

So this so-called expert on pedophilia refers to those who have abused children as "pedophiles," despite the fact that a pedophile is someone with pedophilia, a sexual attraction to children? He then states an old trope that was discredited along with Gene Abel (do a Wikipedia search on Gene Abel, and you see why he is discredited in the scientific community): The idea that the average child molester has many victims, when in fact it is less likely that they abuse children once caught: Recidivism is very, very low (Hanson and Bussiere, 1998).

Pedophilia is not a behavior, it is a feeling, yet this man calls it an obsession. On what basis? He uses the stigmatizing word cure, rather than recognizing that no one would even talk about curing heterosexuality, yet pedophilia is treated like a disease. This man obviously has never heard of Michael Seto or James Cantor, and has obviously never been to the Wikipedia page on pedophilia or child sexual abuse. How is he an expert on pedophilia in any definition of the word?

If this is what passes for journalism these days, then society is doomed to a state of misinformation. The source cited in this article is obviously biased, obviously using improper terminology, and obviously did not do any serious research into this issue. He cannot be called an expert.

TNF 13
Advocate for the Primary Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse

TNF 13
print email Source: Editorial: 9-11 Memorial Speech
Memorial speech
June 15, 2017 | 02:25 PM

I am a service member in the United States Navy, I am coordinating the 9/11 ceremony event, with your permission I would like to use part of your speech as a 9/11 remembrance while observing colors onboard NAVSTA Everett. Thank you.


print email Source: Editorial: FOR PEDOPHILES: ONE STRIKE AND YOUíRE OUT
June 15, 2017 | 12:45 PM

Sadly, the quarantine suggested is the only real answer.

print email Source: Editorial: The Silent Invasion
June 14, 2017 | 06:29 AM

Hi Jerry,

That scenario actually could happen, in a world where Peace is as profitable as War...


Bob Kerr

Bob Kerr
print email Source: Editorial: The Silent Invasion
"The Vociferous Invasion"
June 14, 2017 | 02:26 AM

Just for the record Jerry, in case some of your readers don't realize it ... Your column here, "The Silent Invasion"Ě is obviously pure fiction and written for your personal entertainment. You voted for Hillary, yet you now seem to defend Trump ! and I don't get it. Firing and attacking Comey, who has NO actual or implied Russian connections whatsoever, and whomever is next. Possibly Rosenstein and Mueller after that. Complete non-sequiturs regarding the current Trump-Russia investigation relative to Flynn, Sessions, Kushner, Vladimir Putin, Oleg Deripaska, et al. But forget all that. I just want to know if Trump has tapes, or if he just bluffing as part of his on-going "Art of the Deal"Ě? It's a simple Yes or No question. And Trump could clear it up with one "Tweet"Ě right now. But he has enlisted private counsel, Marc Kasowitz, to circumvent Chief White House Counsel Donaled McGhan, and the plot thickens. And with all that AG Jeff Sessions said (or didn't) in his testimony today, which was basically, "I don't recall"Ě, James Comey seems like the least of our problems in America. Or, as my Mother used to say, "One lie leads to another."Ě

Bill Crandall
print email Source: Editorial: Whatís With All The Illinois License Plates?
Illinois plates
June 10, 2017 | 12:34 PM

Almost half the cars I see in upstate NY have Illinois plates! I pay a lot for my car insurance so I can be covered if something were to happen and they are getting by cheating the system.........unfair !Something needs to be done.

print email Source: Editorial: YOUíVE GOT TO LOVE THE MAFIA
Great article
June 08, 2017 | 04:09 PM

Great article!

print email Source: Editorial: Reflections With Julie Andrews
June 08, 2017 | 12:30 PM

Loved this intimate interview with Julie Andrews. I have always enjoyed her work, her voice...
Thank you for this look into the woman.

Nancy Humphreys
print email Source: Editorial: Graduation Blues In The Terror Age
Ryan growing up
June 07, 2017 | 02:37 PM

Simply a wonderful piece of writing, Denis. It moved me more than anything I have read lately in any newspaper about life in America today. It brought home the weariness we all feel watching the nightly news. I just hope some politicians read it. We can't just keep saying "there's nothing we can do." That's not America.

Pat Fenton
print email Source: Editorial: YOUíVE GOT TO LOVE THE MAFIA
Hey Jerry, you cut off my headline!
June 06, 2017 | 10:10 PM

It said, Never forget that!
Luca gonna pay you a visit, just kidding, Luca sleeps the fishes.

Don Vito Corleone
print email Source: Editorial: YOUíVE GOT TO LOVE THE MAFIA
Remember this, whoever calls that meeting is a traitor, Never fo
June 06, 2017 | 10:06 PM

Don Vito Corleone to Michael Corleone on the meeting called between Michael Corleone and Don Barzini, Tessio as we all know was the traitor. Tessio says after he is discovered, Tell Mike, it wasn't personal, I always liked him. Yeh of course Tessio, we always liked you, Now get in the car, cause we gonna show you how much we really like you....

Don Vito Corleone
print email Source: Editorial: YOUíVE GOT TO LOVE THE MAFIA
Goodfellas Get Together
June 06, 2017 | 09:18 PM

Great column Jerry. I grew up with a few guys like "Dog". But more than anything, your article reminded me of one of my all-time favorite mafia comedies, "My Blue Heaven", starring Steve Martin. Here's clip where Steve ("Vinnie") is reunited with some of his friends from the old neighborhood, all of whom are now in the Federal witness protection program. It's very funny. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI_ZyoUkL9E

Bill Crandall
print email Source: Editorial
Letter to the editor
June 01, 2017 | 02:58 PM

Dear Editor, this past Memorial Day weekend in Montauk was crazy and from everybody I've spoken to we all believed that there was a drug floating around called Bath Salts or Flakka. People were in a type of demonic or zombie state that none of us have ever seen before out here. Most of the strange behavior happened between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Sunday morning but the insanity started Saturday night. The reason I'm writing you this letter is to urge people never to leave there drinks or food unattended. Because the results of ingesting this drug are horrific. Joe Loffreno, Montauk

Joe Loffreno
print email Source: Editorial: High School - 1957 VS. 2017
Danger Lurks Everywhere
May 31, 2017 | 12:43 PM

Jerry ! Here's a true story from my days at Archbishop Molloy High School in NYC !

1963 "" Billy is slow-dancing very closely with Judy at a school dance. Proctor and Marist Brother, Anthony Urban (think Barry Fitzgerald), notices and comes over to say, "Let's make some room for "ėThe Holy Ghost'."Ě Billy and Judy smile somewhat embarrassedly; take one step back and apart; and all is well.

2017 "" Ms, Crumpet, a volunteer layperson and "dance monitor"Ě (with a Ph.D. in child welfare), notices Billy's wandering little hands sliding around Judy as they dance. And while Billy and Judy are quite happy and just having some innocent fun, Crumpet calls in H.S. Security and there's a real scene. Billy is momentarily detained for "Attempted Dancing."Ě NYPD won't touch it, but Crumpet puts Billy on her "Community Watch List"Ě of DANGEROUS DANCERS.

Bill Crandall
print email Source: Editorial: High School - 1957 VS. 2017
Actually a Sad Commentary
May 31, 2017 | 12:34 PM

I believe we are in a ridiculous space of reality. It won't get better until people get real again about life problems as they really are, not how they want them to be.
Get back to humor, Jerry, it is much better on the soul. Thanks.

print email Source: Editorial: Charged With Endangering A Minor
May 30, 2017 | 08:52 AM

you missed the part that Jordan Johnson broke into my house to sleep...

Davis Eames
print email Source: Editorial: Cathy Cahill Loses Appeal, Pays $1.1 Million
May 29, 2017 | 08:48 AM

In 2012 she presided over a case I had against my husband. We were going through a divorce and he physically assaulted me. Cahill ignored the photos of my bruises and claimed my testimony was not credible.
This wrong decision empowered my now ex husband to continue on a path of more abuse that has cost me years of turmoil, as well as loss of my business and home. My and my children's future have been irreparably and severely damaged by that bad decision.
I hope she does lose her license, she is not fit to practice law.

Maura Lynch
print email Source: Editorial
Revised Letter to the Editor..
May 28, 2017 | 10:03 PM


Would you kindly post my comment using the second version please?

Would so appreciate it since the words on the rock are so true

Thank you,


Lisa B. Fiel
print email Source: Editorial
Memorial Day photo on the Editors Page
May 28, 2017 | 10:01 PM

What a perfect and poignant Memorial Day message for us all, found in the beautiful photograph taken by Ed Gifford reminding us to, "Take the time to think and pray for those who fought for our freedom and those who continue to fight" ...These words hand-scribed on a heart-shaped rock, gets to the heart of what we need to remember to do, and never forget to do for our service men and women who gave and give everything in the defense of our freedom.

Glad I came upon it on your pages.

Lisa B. Fiel
New York City & Amagansett

Lisa B. Fiel
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Letter To Editor re: Memorial Day Photo on Editors Page
May 28, 2017 | 06:50 AM

What a perfect and poignant Memorial Day message to us all found in the beautiful photograph taken by East End's Ed Gifford reminding us to "Take the time to think and pray for those who fought for our freedom and those who continue to fight" ...These words hand-scribed on a rock, gets to the heart of what we need to remember to do and never forget
to do for our service men and women who give and gave so much.

Glad I came upon it on your pages.

Lisa B. Fiel

Lisa B. Fiel
print email Source: Editorial: Dementia, Mom & Me
May 26, 2017 | 07:25 PM

Dear Kitty,
Poignant and heartfelt and so very true...each sentiment very real to me as I too have a mother who is sliding away with dementia but refuses to accept or acknowledge it. It is painful for both parent and child.
Thank you for writing this...I was very touched and hope you will find comfort in the responses here.

Bless you and your beloved mother.

Susan McGraw Keber

Susan McGraw Keber
print email Source: Editorial: Summer Lament, Or The Della Femina Curse
To Marianna Biazzo Randazzo
May 25, 2017 | 07:38 PM

You Italians have such Great Names!! As a Jewish guy, we can only offer Howard Stein, or Harvey Levitz, Yikes, thank God we are the Chosen People, or we would have to tell our parents, how could you name us such nebbisha names, oh well by the way, Jerry Della Femina's contact number at his office is 212-506-0700

Karl Jacobson
print email Source: Editorial: Itís All Relative: Sam Sokolow And ďGeniusĒ
Great show!
May 25, 2017 | 01:15 PM

This is an amazing show. It is interesting, beautifully filmed and great performances.

Matthew Berglass
print email Source: Editorial: Itís All Relative: Sam Sokolow And ďGeniusĒ
May 25, 2017 | 10:44 AM

A fabulous series about one of our most famous scientists.

Louis Miller
print email Source: Editorial: Summer Lament, Or The Della Femina Curse
May 23, 2017 | 06:15 PM

Dear Jerry, My name is Marianna, I'm a writer now, first I was a teacher, a mother, a grandma, museum director...you get it. I'm writing a book titled The Italians of Brooklyn, for Arcadia Publishing. I know you're from Brooklyn, I read your books! Would you be interested in contributing a photo or two of yourself in the old neighborhood and maybe a few lines about how well you've done in life? If this interests you, please drop me a line: Thebrooklynitalians@gmail.com or you could call me: 917-609-3318. If not, maybe I'll see you in West Palm Beach one day, trying very hard to spend some time there but there's always a wedding or something! Warmest Regards, Marianna Biazzo Randazzo

Marianna Randazzo
print email Source: Editorial: Summer Lament, Or The Della Femina Curse
Bravo, again!
May 17, 2017 | 05:09 AM


Bravo, again! La Vita e' Bella...


Bob Kerr

Bob Kerr
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