My only connection to Portland, Oregon, is that I support the Blazers from afar because Robin Jones, from the NBA Championship team, played for the English club, Team Talbot Guildford for whom I was the statistician.

My knowledge of Portland is based on books by Danny Ainge, Rick Adelman and David Halberstam.

That said I am not surprised that two heroes, gave their lives trying to stop a racist attack on a Muslim teenager.  It confirmed my image of Portland and its citizens.

One was a recent college graduate, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, 23, and the other, Rick Best, 53, an army veteran and father of four. My condolences to their families and friends.

London, Manchester and Portland- ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the face of terrorists.

How sad President Trump can’t find the words to salute the Portland heroes.

EDIT: In a tweet on @POTUS on Monday just before his Memorial Day Speech the President tweeted

“The violent attacks in Portland on Friday are unacceptable. The victims were standing up to hate and intolerance. Our prayers are w/ them.”

 

 

 

 

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