Seasoned Words

March 21, 2018

I certainly have not been a supporter or a friend of President Donald J. Trump. But even though I publicly called him “a liar, a louse, a crook and a bum,” I have never accused him of being a coward, but now I see that Trump has backed down on his proposal to limit gun sales to people 21 years of ...

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The 18th mass shooting in the United States in the first 45 days of 2018 took the lives of 17 students and teachers. What is going on? Why are little kids and devoted educators being murdered by maniacs with guns? Tell me why these brutal attacks appear to be happening primarily in the United ...

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At age 96,  I believe I must speak about what is happening in our nation. I must ask all of you, as Americans, aren’t you ashamed that we seem to be the only nation in the world where little children and educators are murdered by gun-crazy maniacs? Do mass murders of young children and their ...

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Why do we have the Electoral College? It is certainly not a college and it doesn’t educate any one. Yet it certainly can elect a president of the United States. That’s what happened in 2016 when a small majority of the electoral votes elected Donald J. Trump president of the United States. Mr.

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I have recently learned that I am practicing a most dangerous profession, journalism, which took the lives of 81 reporters all over the world in 2017. I learned about this danger to my life and health in an Associated Press News article printed in a small newspaper, The Monitor, which circulates ...

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“A Newspaper Christmas,” by Herbert Geller, originally ran in our Dec. 22, 2016, edition. It’s a holiday favorite around here. Although it is a bit belated, we hope you enjoy it. We were not Catholic or Protestant or anything but Jewish, but we always had a good time at Christmas. After all, who ...

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I really felt involved in the movie “The Darkest Hour,” which I saw while visiting Mission, Texas. It’s a true story about how British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (played by Gary Oldman) saved Britain and the world from Adolf Hitler and the Nazis beginning in the summer of 1940. Churchill’s ...

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One of the big problems for the Republicans, and for the rest of us Americans, is the fact that even Trump’s own supporters don’t really know where he stands on important issues. He constantly uses Twitter to antagonize even his own followers, including Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and Attorney ...

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Dear readers: I try to be honest and accurate when I write my column “Seasoned Words,” which Halston Media has graciously allowed me to write every week. I have been a journalist since about 1948, when I was still attending Long Island University (LIU) financed by the GI Bill of Rights. I ...

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President Trump evidently thought that calling Massachusett’s Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas,” a reference to her one-time self-identification as a minority, citing Native American roots, at a recent event honoring Navajo code talkers was a joke. Did he think that the Native Americans who came ...

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(This is the second installment in a series.) It has been nearly 50 years since U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot in the Hotel Ambassador in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968. I  have often thought how my life might have changed if the Palestinian assassin Sirhan Sirhan had not killed an ...

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(This is the first in a multi-part series of columns.) I believe my support for and devotion to Democratic candidate Robert F. Kennedy for president of the United States in 1964 comprise the most important experiences of my political career. Before I say why I supported Robert Kennedy, I want ...

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I must defend myself against this attack against me for my many criticisms of President Donald Trump.  As President Harry Truman once said, “I don’t hate anybody. I just tell the truth.”  The truth is that Trump delayed America’s response to the tremendous hurricane for four days due to his ...

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(This week’s column is a response to a letter sent by Sy Globerman on a previous column by Herb Geller criticizing President Trump’s response to the crisis in Puerto Rico.) Dear Sy: Thank you, thank you for your letter “Rebuttals in Absentia” in the Nov. 2 issue of the North Salem News. You ...

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Friends: I am devoting my column this week by trying to help the 3-1/2  million American citizens who live on the island of Puerto Rico who have been suffering from the affects of a hurricane that left the island without drinking water, electric power and other necessary facilities. I am very ...

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(Editor’s note: This is the opinion of the columnist and does not reflect the opinions of Halston Media.) State Sen. George Latimer, the Democratic candidate for county executive, believes that the public, not the politicians, should determine whether they want new or expanded facilities on ...

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Editor’s note: This is the final installment in a three-part series of columns. Now in late September 1945 we were finally in the right place to perform occupation duty for the Ninth U.S. Air Force. We were living at a former German tavern on top of a mountain about 11 miles south of the Russian ...

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Editor’s note: This is the second column in a three-part series. We were finally allowed to cross the former German border at the beginning of September 1945. We entered a country that only a few months earlier had been our bloodthirsty enemy, responsible for the deaths of millions of people, ...

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I saw a guy holding a big Nazi flag on television last week. He was one of the neo-Nazis who marched in Charlottesville last month. Our president recently refused a second time to condemn this demonstration of alleged supporters of the Third Reich, which we and our Allies defeated in World War II.

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On 9/11 this year, we  mourned the deaths and celebrated the heroism of the 3,000 men and women who were killed by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001. One hundred one residents of Westchester County were killed in the attack; 11 Putnam residents; 44 Orange County residents, and 80 more in Rockland ...

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The following is the speech Herbert Geller delivered at the 9/11 ceremonies held at the North Salem Fire Station on Monday. Geller is commander of North Salem American Legion Post 1866.  “Thank you for attending North Salem’s 9/11 ceremony. This is the 16th year that our town has marked that ...

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I am sending a wonderful letter my granddaughter Ariel wrote as my column for this coming week. Before I present Ariel’s letter, I want to say how angry and how horrified many people of all races and religions were when they saw neo-Nazis and racists marching in Charlottesville, Va., carrying ...

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America has reached a crisis involving the leadership of our nation, which I believe can only be solved by the resignation of Donald J.  Trump as president of the United States. This would avert the possible impeachment of Donald Trump for alleged high crimes and misdemeanors against the United ...

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To former Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly from World War II Veteran T-5 Corporal Herbert F. Geller Dear General Kelly:  I want to begin this letter by greeting you as a fellow U.S. veteran. I served in Europe in World War II in England, France and Germany. I believe you served in the Korean War, ...

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His name was John Moran, the same as his grandson’s. He was born in Ireland and started working in the coal mines in England at an age that would be illegal now. He later went to New York City where he married, settled in the Bronx and had five sons. The damage to his lungs from working in the ...

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Dear North Salem readers,  For more than a year I have had the honor and privilege of writing a column in Halston Media’s North Salem News. I am very grateful that I am allowed to express my opinions and my personal stories in our community newspaper. I always thank  and continue to thank Brett ...

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Until last year, in all my travels, I had never visited south Texas or most of Texas except for an airplane transfer at Dallas and a memorable occasion on a troop train from Neosho, Mo. when we briefly stopped in Texarkana, Texas, on our way to New Orleans. A conductor wearing a cowboy hat ordered ...

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