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Asadoorian: Oregon ranks No. 1 on ID’ing homeless children

To the Editor:

I am very impressed that the -Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness recently ranked Oregon No. 1 in the nation (including Washington, D.C.) on how well homeless children were identified and enrolled in school during the 2014-15 academic year.

It is vital for these youngsters and our nation that they stay on track for an education and eventually a high school diploma. Higher education, trade school or the military should follow.

Richard Asadoorian


Lester: Trump fails to learn rules of the game

To the Editor:

In Glenn Mollette’s column, “Should President Trump Quit?” (The Observer, July 28), he whines about all the media, Democrats and even Republicans “who aren’t Trump fans,” and about Trump having to “jockey (his) life around the haggling of Congress.”

Of course, being president is hard. The U.S. Government is the largest single enterprise that has ever existed in the history of the world. How easy did these Trump fans think it would be?

Mr. Mollette says he voted for Trump, because “we desperately need a change of direction in this country.” Well, we got that. After seven years and some 60 separate votes to repeal “Obamacare,” we elected a Republican administration, we elected a Republican majority in both houses of Congress, and we got a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. And what did this president do about Obamacare with this absolute dream team of political power?

Trump never sent even the barest proposal for legislation to “repeal or replace.” He left it entirely to Congress. Trump never made a significant effort to bring his own majority party together for critical congressional votes. Trump never campaigned to rally the citizenry behind proposed legislation. Trump never made even one statement that shows he understands anything about health care legislation.

We cleared the court and gave him the ball for a slam dunk. He dropped the ball and tweeted complaints to the audience. This president has no clue what it means to lead.

Mr. Mollette ends his column by exhorting Congress to “work hard with him to accomplish some positive change in this country.” Are you serious? We have real problems in this country and around the world. Trump cannot lead, doesn’t know the rules of the game, and he doesn’t even have his coaching staff put together. What’s going to happen when a real tough team steps up to challenge us?

Marcus Lester