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he is nuts, asked him to
go outside and fight.
What 77-year-old man
wants to start a fight with
a younger man? You have
to be crazy.
This is the man who is
leading in the quest for
the Democratic nomina-
tion. This is the man who
wants to be president,
and the Democrats still
support him. Are they
nuts? Richard Ketay
Newark, NJ

l Did Uncle Joe really
challenge a hard-hat
worker “to step outside”?
Years ago, unruly kids
were harnessed and teth-
ered by their parents, so
they couldn’t hurt them-
Maybe Mrs. Biden
should think of getting a
tether to protect this un-
ruly tough guy.Tom Hoy

l With each passing day,
Biden proves just how
unfit for the presidency
he is. First he challenged
an 83-year-old man to a
pushup contest.
Then he called a young
woman a “dog-faced
pony soldier.”
This week, he physi-
cally threatened a con-
struction worker for call-
ing him out on gun
I sincerely doubt that
old Smokey Joe would
have talked so tough if the

Facing Off With Voters:

Biden’s Brash Insults

The Issue: Joe Biden’s confrontation with an auto
worker who asked about his stance on gun control.

l Former Vice President
Joe Biden’s recent con-
frontation with a factory
worker was embar-
rassing (“Joe Blows,”
March 11).
Surrounded by se-
curity, he cursed out
a voter with a vulgar
retort, and then
asked him to step
He knew full well
his security would
step in immediately.
That is nothing but
bullying. And a lack
of character.
Thomas Sweeney
Hopewell, NJ

l If Biden were an Uber
driver, would he have a
5-star rating? I always
thought good service was
about being nice to your
Telling a customer he
is “full of s - - t” and call-
ing him names really
doesn’t earn you a 5-star
rating. I doubt it is any
different in politics.
Biden has claimed he
wants to restore dignity
to the presidency. Tell-
ing someone who wants
to ask him a question
that he or she is full of it
or a “lying dog-faced
pony soldier” doesn’t
sound very dignified to
me. Mindy Rader
New City

l I think the Democratic
Party has gone com-
pletely nuts.
The two remaining
candidates for the Dem-
ocratic nomination are
Sen. Bernie Sanders,
who calls himself a so-
cialist, and Joe Biden,
who has a penchant for
gaffes and a suspect
record as senator and
vice president.
This week, a working
man, who may have been
a potential supporter of
Joe Biden, asked a simple
question about the Sec-
ond Amend­ment.
Biden went into a ti-
rade and cursed at this
worker, and to prove that

construction worker
weren’t several inches
shorter than he is and
his Secret Service
agents weren’t around.
Bullies like Biden
resort to physical
threats because they
know they can’t win
on facts.
Take a tip from an
Average Joe, Joe: Peo-
ple who best their
political opponents
do so on the strength
of their arguments,
not because they have
bigger fists or hotter
Mark Stuart Ellison

l Whatever is motivating
Biden to be a “tough guy”
is backfiring. He got in a
heated, profane argu-
ment with a hard-hat
worker over gun control.
Last December, he
called a male senior who
made a comment about
his son Hunter’s work
for a Ukraine company
“a liar.”
Not only does it seem
like Biden is in early-
stage dementia, but he is
taking on all comers,
even women and seniors.
Voters are not impressed,
Joe. Bullying is not presi-
dential. Manny Martin

l So this is the best the
Democrats have to offer
— a mentally challenged
candidate, Biden, and a
socialist, Sanders, who
are both lifelong politi-
When Biden was asked
a legitimate question on
the Second Amend­ment,
he called the citizen to
step outside like he wants
to brawl.
Meanwhile, he has a
Secret Service detail to
protect him. I’d hate to be
on his protection detail.
Dan Gardner
Staten Island


resident Trump was prescient in re-
stricting travel to the United States
from China on Jan. 27. And he’s wise to
widen those restrictions again now, as
the coronavirus continues to spread, with
cases continuing to rise exponentially.
Targeting the European Union’s Schen-
gen Area makes sense: These 26 countries
allow free travel within the zone, with no
passport or border control. And one of
them is Italy, the European nation hard-
est-hit — and likely the country with the
most cases outside of China and Iran —
with 15,113 confirmed cases and more than
1,000 deaths.
So shutting off travel from Italy alone
wouldn’t have been enough to stall the
wider spread of COVID-19 within America.
Leaders of other countries in the zone have
warned their citizens to be prepared for the
pandemic: German Chancellor Angela
Merkel expects up to 70 percent of people in
her nation to get the bug.
Trump may have to do more soon. Ireland
and the United Kingdom, while not part of

the Schengen Area, have quite a few cases,
as do South Korea and Japan.
Then there are the mixed messages over
whether US citizens and permanent resi-
dents who test positive will be allowed back
in. On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence
— the administration point man — said all
Americans will be welcomed home, regard-
less of condition. Trump then contradicted
him, saying those who test positive won’t be.
Trump gets to set policy — but doing it on
the fly is a huge mistake. And it looks like he
should leave all explaining-the-details stuff
to others: His Wednesday night remarks
wound up being misleading about whether
European cargo is banned — it’s not.
The administration needs to get its act to-
gether now, for the good of the nation.
Either way, anyone allowed back needs to
be screened. Banning only some people and
refusing to screen the rest makes no sense if
the worry is travelers bringing back infec-
tious disease. The administration needs to
define — and communicate — its proce-
dures clearly.


ov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio also
need to work on their communications
— with each other. Tough as it may be,
their actions should show that they’re on the
same page.
Cuomo was right to push organizers to
cancel the St. Patrick’s Day Parade: This is
the wrong time for millions to line a jam-
packed Fifth Avenue. But leaks about the
gov end-running the mayor don’t help
anyone — save the harsh words for pri-
vate discussions.
City Hall insists that its coordination with
the gov’s office is at an all-time high. It
doesn’t look that way.
And, again, it needs to be. With much of
the city’s life shutting down — Broadway,
museums, pro sports — and ever-more peo-

ple telecommuting and so on, no one wants
to see New York’s two top leaders engaged
in some passive-aggressive competition.
Notably, if schools need to close, the
mayor and gov should get on the same page
about it in advance. Same for any restric-
tions on public transportation.
Also on the communication front: Ease up
on the media hits, guys. Radio shows and
TV can air clips from your press conferen-
ces; save the softball interviews (and the
shuttling from one studio to another) for a
time when the city and state aren’t facing a
public-health crisis.
Cuomo and de Blasio have been annoying
and infuriating each other for years now; we
get it. But the feud needs to go on hold for
the duration. Grow up, already.


hat first made news as a corona-testing
outrage and nightmare turned out to
have a happy ending — but the tale of
the teacher’s $10,000 bill to not get tested
still holds some important lessons.
As The City reports, Brooklyn teacher
Erin McCarthy went to the emergency room
at NYU Langone Health-Cobble Hill on
March 2 with fever, headaches and chest
symptoms shortly after returning from high-
risk parts of Italy.
Yet she was ineligible for testing: She’s not
elderly and had no other medical issues —
and Italy wasn’t yet on the city’s list of high-
risk countries. Instead, she was simply told
to self-quarantine.
Days later she got the bill: $10,382.96. And
that was for not being tested.
The good news? Her insurer negotiated a
far lower fee; it paid only $2,957.31 and left
McCarthy with just a $75 co-pay. And the
city has since eased restrictions for testing:

She got screened, and doesn’t have the virus.
Insurers nationwide are now waiving cor-
onavirus-test co-pays completely and have
expanded coverage to include the disease.
That’s all great. Yet it’s still vital to ensure
that anyone who truly needs it is tested, re-
gardless of wealth or insurance status. And
barriers for tests shouldn’t be high: As kits
become more available, far better to check
too many possible cases than too few.
If such principles need to be enshrined in
law (and backed with subsidies for those
who can’t afford it), so be it. There’s a clear
and compelling public benefit: More testing
can help contain the virus sooner — saving
lives, curbing medical costs and restoring
economic stability.
Meanwhile, wouldn’t it be nice if medical
providers (especially hospitals) could send
out clear, meaningful bills? If Congress can
agree on anything to improve health care,
forcing better billing is a fine start.

Crisis Communications

No Time for a Feud

To Fight the Bug, Test Away

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