Hero & Zero: An honored veteran & an ego-maniac

By Nikki Silverstein

Hero: Merchant Marine Veteran Jack Beritzhoff, who was featured in our Hero column (January 20), passed away recently at the age of 97. At his memorial, Congressman Jared Huffman presented Mr. Beritzhoff’s children with a Special Congressional Recognition for his service to the country during WW II and the Korean War and for his tireless work telling the story of the 250,000 WW II Merchant Marine Veterans that never received the GI benefits promised to them. Sadly, he’ll never see the passage of Honoring Our WW II Merchant Mariners Act of 2015, H.R. 563, which will give all of his brethren seamen the salute from America that they deserve. Tell Congress that with fewer than 3,000 Mariners still alive, it’s time to act on this bill.

Zero: This week, the ego-maniacal Trump revoked the Washington Post’s press credentials and accused the paper of inaccurate reporting on his campaign. He also resorted to name-calling, referring to it as “the phony and dishonest Washington Post.” Oh, how we wish he’d ban the rest of the media, granting sweet bliss to the public as we remain ignorant of his bigoted and misogynistic rhetoric. Actually, he has a good start. The Washington Post joins a growing group of diverse media outlets no longer welcome at Trump events, including BuzzFeed, the Daily Beast, the Des Moines Register, Foreign Policy, Fusion, Huffington Post, Mother Jones, the New Hampshire Union Leader, POLITICO and Univision. How much longer must we endure his childish antics? Republicans, shut the moron down.

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