To the Editor:

Col. Roland J. Tiso Jr., who gave a rousing keynote address at the Pelham Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, undoubtedly is a brave and dedicated soldier. But regretfully, he proffered pointed politics at a time and venue where such expressions should be avoided. Talking about “certain senior political leaders,” pitting the primacy of the military budget against what he thought were less deserving “entitlements,” and making references to what “real Americans” do and don’t do on Memorial Day, went over the line of appropriate discourse. Next year, I hope the keynote speaker stays focused on paying tribute to our departed men and women in uniform without wading into partisan politics. Doing otherwise only detracts from the profoundness and solemnity of the day.

Daniel B. Rubock

339 Highbrook Avenue

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