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Defending the Right to Disagree for Love of Country


To the editor:

I take umbrage with the convictions expressed by Francis X. Tuoti and Sy Globerman in support of President Trump.
Addressing Mr. Tuoti’s statement that Herbert Geller, in his column Seasoned Words, “use[s] [his] pen to berate our system,” etc., etc., is a gross accusation without substance. Geller, in his writing and his personal involvement as a veteran, has shown great attachment and respect for the very principles you accuse him of failing to uphold. 

As a World War II vet, I can asure you that we did not lend blind trust to leaders who were sometimes wrong and who sorely needed to abruptly be made aware at a possible cost of life if not done. Situations can be cited if necessary.

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Mr. Tuoti refers to some of Trump’s achievements but lists none. Some of those might be guaranteeing a Supreme Court that will solidify its conservative presence for generations to come. Not a wholly acceptable first act followed by sacking a highly responsible head of the FBI, insulting persistently his own choice of attorney general, barring foreigners with a blanket edict, etc. etc. This list can go on to cover the entire page and then some.

Mr. Tuoti’s affection and devotion to our country is clear. However, Shakespeare got there a little ahead of him and Mr. Globerman when he wrote in “King Lear” that “it is the time of plague when madmen lead the blind.” 

Finally, as a veteran of WWII, I stood and marched against the disastrous involvement in Vietnam despite a happening by and at the will of a president for whom I had great respect.

No, no, our job as citizens is to stand up for what we think is right and if this is not the time, then when? Rather than heed your call for “blind” support, it is imperative that those of us who sorely disagree with the actions of Trump make that loud and clear before further damage is done to this land that we love and that until now has been the greatest democacy the world has known and the envy of all others.

Alvin Lobell
North Salem

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