The news that longtime Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had left for the warmer and tax-friendlier climes of Florida by signing as a free agent with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is obviously trivial given the dire COVID-19 outbreak.

Of course, the sports world’s being totally shut down is precisely why the news was so welcome. It gave sports fans a much-welcomed reprieve from the grim statistics and closures with which we’ve all become way too familiar over the last couple of weeks.

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Dear Editor:You would think that during a crisis such as we are going through now that affects everyone, people would become more communal, more cooperative and caring for the common good. You’d think that — but you’d be wrong. As I am travel…

We all want the nightmare we’ve been living in to end as soon as possible, so we can be free once again to live, work and play. But President Trump’s dream of getting things up and running again by Easter — April 12, just over two weeks from …

Dear Editor:Re your March 19 editorial, “Come together — that means you, Cuomo and de Blasio”:I realize we face difficult times, but being on this planet for over 80 years and living in Queens for 76 of them gives me a perspective that many y…

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Health and safety concerns created by COVID-19 are formidable, but we need to temper alarmism with a more practical and sensible approach. The current approach to COVID-19 is driven by mass hysteria and media engaged in 24/7 sensationalism. W…

Dear Editor:Re “Election for borough president canceled,” March 19:The suggestion of voting via mail-in ballots is a good one and should be adopted. In fact, I’m not so sure it shouldn’t be done for every election, not just the borough presid…

Dear Editor:A moment in life that is unexpectedIs a moment in life that we are all tested.We took for granted the little thingsHealth, happiness and family brings.In the government we question our trustBut a strong American is in all of us.Th…

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Dear Editor:I would like to propose for controlled randomized clinical off-label trials the antihypertensive drug Enalapril (Vasotec, or analogues) for the treatment of COVID-19.The mechanism of action of Enalapril involves the selective inhi…

Dear Editor:In mere weeks, society as we know it has halted. Many of our lives are on pause while the pandemic is anything but. Exponential rises in the number of cases speak to the critical weaknesses in our systems, immune systems compromis…

Dear Editor:Bishops have stopped the Catholic Mass for the people. The virus has done what Nero, Hitler, Stalin, Attila the Hun and Mao Zedong couldn’t do. Is it really the virus that did it, or unbelief?Joseph T. KlonowskiMiddle Village

Dear Editor:It’s nice to see, with all of the dire needs in the United States, Donald Trump write a letter of praise to Kim Jong-un. Trump likes his dictatorial style. With thousands dying and in critical situations, here and among our allies…

Dear Editor:Amazon has announced that it is hiring over 100,000 people during a time when so many people are losing their jobs due to coronavirus.Did Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and state Sen. Mike Gianaris thank Amazon for doing this? Thin…

I will spare the flowery talk about how sports has always served as a welcoming distraction for us in troubling times as in the aftermath of 9/11 and Superstorm Sandy, which was de rigueur for every sports columnist and talk show radio host i…

Dear Editor:Anyone who walks around Rego Park and Forest Hills would notice the increase of abandoned plots with old, outdated signs when construction would be completed. Ignorance is not bliss (“Construction stalling at Old Key Food Site,” M…

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Among all the things we need during the coronavirus crisis, one of the most important is for our leaders to come together. But here in New York, we’re not seeing that. Instead we’re seeing the same old, same old, with Mayor de Blasio and Gov.…

Dear Editor:Re “Protesters slam BQX plans at CUNY meeting,” March 12, Western Queens edition:There is a difference between protesting to stand up for what you believe in and shutting down others to rob them of an opportunity to do the same. U…

Dear Editor:The indictments of 27 trainers, veterinarians and drug distributors (many associated with New York racetracks) shine a spotlight so bright it is impossible for the public or policy makers to continue ignoring racing industry abuse…

Dear Editor:Now that virtually every business in the country has had to close down because of the worsening coronavirus pandemic, it is the responsibility of the federal government to pass legislation that will permit the newly hundreds of th…

Dear Editor:Which physician will treat the president’s rotator cuff injury? The one caused by Trump patting himself on the back for his disgraceful response to the coronavirus pandemic. And now that the World Health Organization has declared …

Dear Editor:It would be difficult to find a nominee to the United States Supreme Court more qualified than Judge Merrick B. Garland, who was nominated by the then-President Obama. But because Garland was the kind of nominee who would not make…

Sports Beat

The Brooklyn Nets surprised everyone by dismissing their head coach since 2016, Kenny Atkinson. They waited until the wee early morning hours of last Saturday to issue a press release stating he’d been relieved of his duties and that he’d be …

Dear Editor:As the city’s master plan proposes a new Long Island Rail Road station for Sunnyside Yard as part of the new neighborhood to be built atop the tracks, why not take it a step further by making it into a regional transit hub that co…

IMMIGRATION CORNER

Starting today, March 12, New Yorkers citywide — regardless of immigration status — can begin to raise our voices to fight for our fair share of federal funding and political representation by exercising our right to get counted in the 2020 C…

This editorial will be outdated by the time you read it. Well, not really, but the impacts of the coronavirus seem to be spreading as quickly as the disease itself.Colleges are putting all classes online and telling students to vacate their d…

Our congratulations go out to Success Academy, which after a long, hard struggle has finally won educational justice for hundreds of children in eastern and Southeast Queens and Rockaway.After years of seeing the city drag its feet inexcusabl…

Dear Editor:I could not agree more with “Sunnyside plan so pricey” (Editorial, March 5). Few remember that in 1998, as part of the proposed MTA Long Island Rail Road East Side Access project, construction of a passenger station was considered…

Dear Editor:I am appalled and outraged over the egregious assault of a 15-year-old girl in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, by a bunch of teenagers. They beat her so badly that they left her unconscious and took her Air Jordan sneakers. Apparently, m…

Dear Editor:Re. Michael Gannon’s March 5 report “Shea: Crime up and challenges ahead”:NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea blamed bail reform for a sharp rise in crime this year at a St. Albans community forum on Feb. 27. City Councilman Rory Lancma…

Dear Editor:President Donald Trump has made clear the absurdity that he is the smartest president in the history of this country, in addition to his no use of scientists. In fact, members of his cabinet are prohibited from making any referenc…

Dear Editor:Easy to say but hard to do ...Frank Sinatra used to sing “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere …” But three-time mayor of New York Mike Bloomberg definitely could not make it outside his city.Victor MaltsevRego Park

Opinion

Every decade since 1940, New York has lost at least one congressional seat due to an undercount in the decennial Census. The Census is a survey taken every 10 years to count the U.S. population. The information collected is used to determine …

Dear Editor:Since its earliest days in office, the Trump administration has been working aggressively to ensure an America that only benefits the white and wealthy — employing every opportunity to keep immigrants from accessing programs and b…

Dear Editor:In your online article of March 2 “NYPD’s Shea: Crime up in February,” Commissioner Dermot Shea, while attending a public safety meeting in St. Albans, reiterated his stance from a month ago that the increase in crime is tied to s…

Spring professional football has always been an uphill fight even in a country where the appetite for the game appears to be insatiable.The United States Football League had some success in its run from 1983 through 1985 but it was done in wh…

The plan to build over Sunnyside Yard, the world’s busiest rail terminal, is incredibly ambitious and complex. It would see an entire neighborhood built from scratch, totaling 140 acres. By comparison, the Hudson Yards development on Manhatta…

Dear Editor:I did not intend to write to the Chronicle anymore to say goodbye because it seems that they do not want to print what I write about, but here I am again.I have lived in Rego Park my whole life and I was appalled when I read in th…

It took a decade for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to agree to reimburse all Queens drivers for the tolls they had to pay to cross the Cross Bay Veterans. Refunds for the payments — which never should have had to be made in the fi…

Dear Editor:While renovating the transparent barrier around the New York City Panorama has cleared the clouded view of the exhibit from the 1964 World’s Fair (“New Views at New York City Panorama,” Feb. 27, multiple editions), the neglect of …

Dear Editor:A lot has been said and done regarding the District 28 Diversity Plan, including community concerns raised regarding the nontransparency of the process and the Working Group composition and selection. However, as our community is …

Dear Editor:How strange it is that anti-Semitism is known around the world and remains an undercurrent within the United States. The reasons for it are solely limited to the imagination of its advocates.I have been “instructed” that Jesus was…

Dear Editor:Is this an example of the “transparency” that Steven Banks, head of the Department of Homeless Services, promised us (“Glendale shelter open after years of battle,” Feb. 20, multiple editions; “Homeless dept. shady in G’dale,” Edi…

Considering it has been almost two years since he last played a game in the majors, coupled with that crazy story of getting hurt by a wild boar on his Florida ranch which cost him at least $20 million of guaranteed salary in the final year o…

Of course Mayor de Blasio was late to the party — hizzoner’s late to everything. And of course he made a mess of things once he did arrive.Pick a topic, any topic, and the above is true, but this week we’re talking about the Queens Boulevard …

Give ’em an inch and they’ll take a yard, eh, Mr. Wolkoff? Or, in your case, thousands upon thousands of square feet, and then $6.75 million of your hard-earned money.Yes, Gerald Wolkoff, the developer who owned what once was the 5Pointz graf…

Dear Editor:I frequently travel between New Hyde Park and Kew Gardens. The off-peak round-trip fare between New Hyde Park and Jamaica is $12 but the extra one-stop, five-minute ride to Kew Gardens ups the fare to $18.50. This is the fare to P…

Dear Editor:NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea blamed anti-police rhetoric for the recent attempted assassination of cops in the Bronx’s 41st Precinct (New York Post, Feb. 11). One source of that rhetoric is 24th District City Councilman Rory Lanc…

Dear Editor:When Anthony G. Pilla calls for “a new Bloomberg Great Deal” as a successor to the Square Deal, New Deal and Fair Deal (“Bloomberg all the way!” Letters, Feb. 20), he inadvertently confirms what Murray Rothbard noted in “The Great…

Dear Editor:One of the things that I don’t think is getting enough attention regarding healthcare costs is the compensation for CEOs of insurance companies. For example: In 2016 David Cordani of Cigna got $49 million, Stephen Hemsley of Unite…

Dear Editor:Bulletin: The Trump School for Advanced Medicine has just announced that hot air from the president will wipe out coronavirus in America by April 1.Really, on April Fool’s Day?Anthony G. PillaForest Hills

Dear Editor:The following facts are indisputable: Our democratic republic is dying and Trump supporters are to blame.The attorney general of the United States is acting as Trump’s personal attorney. Trump: “I have the legal right to tell Barr…