Whether you agree or disagree with her on the issues, Mineola's Rep. Carolyn McCarthy has deserved the title "the honorable" ["I'm ready to leave," News, Jan. 9].

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From the Colin Ferguson shooting on the Long Island Rail Road in 1993, throughout her congressional career and now during her illness, she has been a profile in courage.

Edward B. "Woody" Ryder IV, Greenlawn