It has been my continuing concern that our citizens are not fully aware of the dire straits we are in because of the person we have placed in the White House. Thus, I was encouraged by two letters that appeared in the D-H Editor's Mailbag on December 22.

Mary Brock has documented the fact that Trump clearly does not have the mental capacity and discipline needed to acquire even a bachelor degree from a college. Yet, in spite of this reality, we have placed him in office as our president, the most complex and important position in our country.

One might possibly think that having an "authoritarian bigot in the White House," as spelled out so eloquently by Bill Halsey, would not be a major problem given that he has to work with the vast array of federal agencies that are staffed with qualified and experienced career professionals whose emphasis on long-term and scientifically-sound considerations would greatly influence the decision processes leading to technically and socially sound and rational decisions.

Unfortunately, Trump has a document on his desk titled "U.S. Government Policy and Supporting Positions" (which you can Google as "The Plum Book"), dated November, 2016, that specifically lists all positions within the federal agencies that he can fill with political appointees of his choosing with no requirement for technical expertise whatsoever. As of now, he can fill a total of 8,358 positions with political hacks of his choosing.

Is this really the pathway toward making America great again?

Ron Sadler

Albany (Dec. 22)

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