Homeless help

Dear Editor,
I was appalled and saddened to read about a 32-year-old homeless man named Akeem Loney who was stabbed in the neck and killed while sleeping aboard a northbound 2 train near Penn Station.
He was reportedly a gifted soccer player who was trying to get his life together. Transit crime is up, and something needs to be done to protect the riding public and homeless.
Loney was reportedly a gifted soccer player who was trying to get his life together. I can relate.
I was homeless in 1975 after the Vietnam War after serving in the United States Navy. I was in a shelter called Middle Earth in Hempstead, and got help from the people I met there.
In reality, many others are not so lucky. I offer my heartfelt prayers to all the homeless who are suffering, mentally and physically. I truly feel their pain because I was there.
Frederick R. Bedell, Jr.

Variant fears

Dear Editor,
The recent news about a new variant of COVID-19 discovered in South Africa is very worrisome news. We cannot allow this variant to spread across the globe, which will certainly cause a resurgence in infections, hospitalizations and deaths, especially if the current vaccines and boosters are not as protective against it.
Will we ever be able to rid the world of COVID? According to most medical experts, that will not happen. Instead, the virus will diminish in spread and intensity and become endemic like the flu, and will require a yearly vaccine.
COVID19 has really turned everyone’s lives topsy turvy.
John Amato
Fresh Meadows,

Cover the cost

Dear Editor,
President Joe Biden and Democratic House and Senate members claim that both the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure and $1.75 trillion Build Back America bills are fully paid for.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that the first bill would add $228 billion and the second bill $367 billion to our $29 trillion and growing national debt over the next ten years.
If they are so confident of this financing scheme, let them all put up their future pensions, 401k’s, stocks, bonds, homes and other assets as collateral. This can serve as a small down payment to cover the inevitable multi-billion dollar shortfall in anticipated revenues to pay for both bills over the coming years.
Larry Penner
Great Neck

Terriers still looking for first win

The St. Francis men’s basketball team can’t catch a break.
The Terriers blew nine-point lead with ten minutes to go against St. John’s in Queens, eventually falling 76-70 to the Johnnies.
“They came in like it was a neighborhood game, and you saw what happens when teams come in and play like they have nothing to lose,” said St. John’s coach Mike Anderson following the upset scare. “I always say never look at the name on the jerseys, because each game has its own characteristics.”
On Saturday, St. Francis wrapped up its participation in the Emerald Coast Classic on Saturday, falling in their final game of the mid-season tournament, 73-67, to North Carolina A&T to go to 0-6 on the season.
The Terriers were down by as many as 15 in the second half but powered back with a late 10-2 run to cut the A&T lead to just two possessions. They would ultimately be handed their second loss of the weekend.
NC A&T looked to be in the driver’s seat for the majority of the second half, but St. Francis had a different perspective. Down 58-43 late, the Terriers would tack on ten straight points on a 16-5 run. A basket by Michael Cubbage with 5:33 to go would cut the Aggie lead to 69-65.
A&T’s Marcus Watson would answer with a quick three-point basket and effectively put the game out of contention for the Terriers.
The transfer duo of Patrick Emilien (14 points) and Michael Cubbage (11 points) led St. Francis in scoring again on Saturday. Tedrick Wilcox Jr. turned in his third consecutive double-digit performance, scoring 10 points, adding six rebounds and an assist.
Brooklyn native, and freshman guard, Nick Folk made his collegiate debut on Saturday. Folk was perfect at the free-throw line for four points, adding an assist, a block, and a steal in 16 minutes off the bench.
The Terriers were scheduled to make a trip to the Bronx to face Fordham, looking for their first win of the young season. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on SNY.

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