Mmt…utt…aht…ah. It is the best I can describe the noise coming from the man two seats behind me. Throat clearing was how this noise was being made all the way to Ridgewood. Perhaps the conductors could be loaded up with cough drops this time of year. I’m not talking about Ricolas but maybe a Halls or a Smith Brothers. Perhaps it could be a pilot program for all other transit systems to follow. They could make announcements like, “this is the 4:45 Dover Express. Quiet car is behind the engine. This is also a cough calming commuter train. See Herb upfront of you if you need a lozenge.