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Newsday letters to the editor for Wednesday, June 7, 2017

First lady Melania Trump steps out of a

First lady Melania Trump steps out of a car as she arrives at Chierici Palace, part of a visit of the G7 first ladies in Catania, Italy, on Friday, May 26, 2017. Credit: AP / Domenico Stinellis

Take care with Medicare cards

Phone and email scams, fraud and identity theft have become more prevalent [“Residents warned on waste scam,” News, May 19].

Television commercials, newspaper articles and consumer programs have been educating the public, and especially seniors, to avoid common scams. We are advised to shred important documents, be wary of suspicious phone calls and not share personal information.

However, Medicare cards pose a risk. Seniors often carry their cards unaware that the ID number is their Social Security number plus a letter.

Realizing this problem, the House of Representatives passed a bill in 2011 to issue new Medicare cards without Social Security numbers. It is still in review and hopefully will be approved. Medicare projects that the new cards might be issued in 2018. Until then, seniors are vulnerable.

In the meantime, people should protect their cards. Seniors should photocopy their Medicare cards and expunge the entire Social Security number on the copies. They should carry their original cards only when needed.

Elysa Parker, North Woodmere

Officials on notice for woes at Penn

On May 30, I used my $392 monthly ticket to board the 7:25 a.m. train from Bay Shore to Penn Station.

When that train was canceled at Babylon, I boarded the 7:45 to Penn. My original schedule would have had me arriving at Penn Station at 8:48 a.m., but I didn’t get there until 10:38 a.m.

A May 31 Newsday headline read, “Morning LIRR commute grinds to halt when trains lose power under river in latest outage.” It should have read, “Latest outrage”!

If this commuter crisis continues — and signs are that it will get worse this summer — politicians’ heads will roll in upcoming elections. This is a situation that demands action now, before the next outrage.

H. Mitchell Schuman, Brightwaters

First lady’s pricey garb is disappointing

I saw a photo of Melania Trump wearing a $51,000 jacket at the G-7 summit in Sicily.

I thought of all the food and medicine that could have been bought with that money, either here or overseas, where nations have taken in so many starving refugees.

It’s such a shame that people like Trump are so clueless to the misery in this world. She just lives in her own little world.

Is this what we’re teaching our kids?

Ann Leahy, Wantagh

Comedian got the response she wanted

Kathy Griffin posed for a photo with a fake, bloodied decapitated head resembling President Donald Trump [“Griffin vows to continue Trump jokes,” News, June 3].

If you purposely do something to stir up a response you know you’re going to get, why cave in and grovel and play the victim when you got the very response you hoped for?

Griffin has nothing to gain by doing so. The folks she offended by going way past the bounds of good taste are still going to be offended.

James Leykis, Selden

Attacks on media defy the Constitution

Every day there is some new outrage from our national politics. We have become so anesthetized to this craziness that we seem to have come to accept it almost as normal.

The body-slamming incident involving a journalist in Montana, however, should not pass [“Trump back home and tweeting,” News, May 29]. The reporter asked the GOP congressional candidate a question; the reporter was doing his job.

Then-candidate Greg Gianforte’s alleged assault on the reporter is an attack on our First Amendment right to know what our candidates think. It’s reasonable to attribute this incident to the climate of political violence created by President Donald Trump at his rallies, and his statements calling the media “the enemy of the people.” He also said at a rally it was OK to beat up anti-Trump protesters and he would pay the legal bills.

A president should have condemned Gianforte’s behavior, but Trump was uncharacteristically silent. Add to this sentiments such as the Trump supporter who wore a T-shirt saying, “Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required,” and you have a potentially incendiary situation.

Bill Bernstein, Dix Hills