A better place
It is so exciting to read about passionate, caring youngsters.
Thank you for your “Standout Grad” series.
The profile of Ashely Sanchez is particularly inspiring (“Standout Grad: Ashely Sanchez has passion for life” by Rose Lundy, June 1).
Her love of education, instilled by her mom, and her passion about working for a better future through everyone voting is a great idea.
Millions of young people don’t have the chance to follow Ashely’s lead because they never get the opportunity to go to school. The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is changing that. This multi-national group is partnering with countries to set up education plans for all their children. Each country starts with an investment of 20 percent of the cost of the program, but eventually takes it over, independently educating all children.
The U.S., along with other public and private donors, has helped support the GPE, making this life-changing work possible.
With education comes opportunity, lower birthrates, better health and less conflict.
The current budget calls for cuts to this support.
Won’t you join me in calling on Congress and Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler to keep robustly funding the Global Partnership for Education? Your calls and letters can make sure that children and youngsters like Ashely will have an education and a chance to share their passion to make the world a better place.
Move the embassy
On Dec. 1, 2016, outgoing President Barack Obama signed a presidential waiver prohibiting the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem. (Believe it or not, Israel is the only country in the world where the U.S. Embassy is not located in the capital.)
Under the U.S. Constitution, the president has the authority to recognize foreign sovereignty over territory. Therefore, every six months for the past 18 years, both Democratic and Republican presidents have signed a postponement waiver and dangled the embassy-relocation carrot over the heads of Israelis as a bargaining chip for making peace with the Palestinians.
That tactic has not worked. The Palestinians have not embraced peace.
Last year, candidate Donald Trump promised that if elected president, he would make it a high priority to take the executive action necessary to relocate the embassy to Jerusalem.
So, President Trump, the postponement waiver should come across your desk any day now. When it does, push it aside and move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to its rightful place in Jerusalem.
Finding the fix
I saw a statistic that says 85 percent of homeless people prefer to stay that way. If this is the case, perhaps we should examine our response. Do we need to be supplying food, shelter, transportation, etc.? If some of this number suffer from mental illness, then yes, we need to find a way to get them treatment.
For the other 15 percent, we are looking at a “Community House” type of fix. Something to think about as we develop our response.
Dorothy Bain Hanson
*Editor’s note: Recent government reports indicate the number of individuals who would choose to remain homeless rather than be housed ranged from 6 to 7 percent.)