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Friday Feedback: getting back into the groove after the snow

By Ed O'Keefe

Some of this week's best reader comments from the most popular Federal Eye blog posts:

Regarding the reopening of the federal government on Wednesday and the challenging commute...

My commute was fine but I leave at 5:15 a.m. I think DC does a horrible job at snow removal. All day long yesterday, the news was reporting a "snow emergency" in effect and showing all the plows out in DC. So, I trek in this morning and as soon as I hit the DC line, I lost my lane on the 14th Street Bridge. Got it back again. Portions of the freeway are pretty bad. Once I exited onto what is normally a 3 lane thruway, it was still down to two lanes. Not one speck of improvement since Friday's commute AND there were no cars blocking that right lane to impede the plows. They just didn't show up and this is a pretty major thoroughfare. -- christineva
Well, I attempted! Got to the commuter lot but couldn't find any 'legal' parking spaces left due to the mountains of snow; therefore, I missed my bus. The next bus was at least 40-45 minutes which is usually an hour commute anyway; therefore, it was easier and more productive for me to return home and telework. It was a very productive and less stressful day! Especially after the horror Friday! -- martie917
Shouldn't [the federal government] open early for a few months to make up for the lost "work"? -- fireball72

On OPM asking federal managers to give leeway to snow-weary employees...

Glad to see this because my child's schools are still on a two hour delayed schedule. My job is really good about working with me when it comes to the school issue. I make it my business to always be at work and be the first one in everyday. So when situations like these arise they are really flexible with me. People forget we may work in the city or in northern Virginia but we commute from way out. The last 4 stops at the above ground subway stations by me were closed up until last Friday as well as Metro bus. My street is still full of ice and snow today. So I think it was smart to close the government last week. Not everyone lives in DC or near an underground subway station. -- enewton
enewton, that's great. work out your issues with your boss. the whole fed government doesn't need to be closed down because you want your McMansion 200 miles away. Try living within your means. Oh, i forgot, you worked from home 12 hours each day during the storm. and you also work more than 8 hours each day and don't bill the feds for that either. If 200,000 feds were out of work for a week and business went on as usual then they aren't needed. Bye bye. -- support6

Regarding Thursday's plane crash at the IRS building in Austin...

It is absolutely sickening to see some on the internet applaud this guys actions. They are basically encouraging terrorism by stating what he did was brave....flying a plane into a building trying to kill people. Don't like the IRS? Fine...killing people to fight back? Yes, that is terrorism -- Bious

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Not terrorism: treason. Get your ts straight.

Posted by: member5 | February 19, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

i second that member5. it was a citizen committing an act of rebellion against his government. that's treason not terrorism.

terrorism implies foreign groups potentially but not necessarily affiliated with foreign governments.

this being domestic, make it treason, murder, arson, attempted murder, destruction of federal property, illegal use of an airplane, but it does not rise to terrorism.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | February 21, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Getting back into the groove means the yearly American Indian Higher Education Consortium conference is now being held after being postponed due to the snow. This comment will continue.

Posted by: zooami1 | February 21, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Comment con't:

And now for the American Indian Higher Education Consortium conference:

Haskell Indian Nations University's Acting President Venida Chenault has canceled the trip to AIHEC, at least for Haskell's Student Senate President Janice Mendez.


And why was she going last week, but not this one and when was she told she wasn't going?

Janice should have been sent even if no anyone else was.

Haskell's Student Senate President goes every year.

Did Venida Chenault not want Janice in Washington talking to the people on Capital Hill?

Was Venida Chenault afraid Janice Mendez might really tell them what is going on at Haskell?

And don't give us that tired excuse that Haskell couldn't afford it. They were affording it last week.

And if Haskell can afford to send that sad excuse for a Haskell Board of Regents all over the place they can certaily afford to send the president of their student senate to Washington D.C. for AIHEC.

So Venida Chenault what's your excuse going to be this time?

People are getting tired of them.

Larry Echohawk needs to remove you ASAP!

Posted by: zooami1 | February 21, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

It also means that Mr.Larry Echohawk( BIE) will be back into the groove of things and what will he be doing?

Assistant Secretary Larry Echohawk has already picked the next director?

Well the votes are cast, and since they only went to Paul Tsosie, we guess he can pick who will be the next director.

Everyone in Indian Country who participated knew that it was better than wasting a first class stamp; Assistant Secretary Echohawk has already picked the next director.

By all accounts the director was picked before this job was advertised (perhaps the reason the job was rewritten AGAIN).

At this level you would want Secretary Salazar to have some input; he might be inclined to actually look at qualifications. (Well, there's always hope that he would).

Interior has a hundred year history of messing with tribes; this job was never about getting the most qualified.

It is essentially about getting someone who will maintain the status quo. Those who will want to initiate change never, ever had a chance.

So while Haskell Indian Nations University Board of Regents scrambled to get their letter together (by the way, this may be only the second action they have taken as a board outside of passing a motion to approve minutes) in the past five years.

The first one was to attack the President( Dr. Linda Sue Warner) they hired after listening to the troupe that claims they "know" stuff but have never been asked to prove any of it.

The good news with this process is that once the ballots are mailed, they can be FOIA'd so if you said something that was untrue....again...Mr. Tiger, if leading by bad example has proven successful in the past, now you are stuck.

You should resign before someone asks if your tribe is liable too, since you represent them, or if the entire Five Civilized Tribes organization (each tribe) is liable for the lies you spread.

That could be some big bucks. And since you are not a govt employee, Interior can't represent you.

Oh yeah, and since you lied, they wouldn't want to anyway.

We wish the new director the best;

Make all the difference you can in the first six months, because you are toast after that.

Posted by: zooami1 | February 21, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

While you are digging out Mr.Larry Echohawk, you need to pitch these people out along with Julia Goodfox.

Upcoming Conference Announcement:

In about a week Stephanie Birdwell Bighorn, Bart Stevens, and Venida Chenault will all be in charge of Haskell Indian Nations University--a meeting of Indian social workers.( Please get rid of them Mr.Echohawk along with Julia Goodfox).

No wonder Haskell has taken on the aura of a psych ward.

Why else would Interior Officials line up a bunch of social workers to run the "institution." When you think about it, it actually kinda makes sense in a really weird way.

In the last 125 years, Haskell has been operated by some pretty decidedly focused people who want to treat Native American Students like they are "wards."

Well, it appears that this new generation of Haskell administrators is perhaps the best prepared. Micro-managing, crisis mode, drama-queens....what was once a college can now be best described as redundant.

Haskell Indian Nations University, here in Lawrence, Kansas is an Indian boarding school at its worst.

People who travel there and enroll actually think they are going to get an education, one that will reflect well on them when they leave.

If that's true, why does Kansas University have to have a bridge program to take Haskell graduates into a master's program?

Why are Haskell students taught that it is more important to be dramatic than to have a skill?

Haskell may have outlived its usefulness as a university; the non-social worker types should just move on.

Some really good ones already have.

Did you know that Larry Echohawk?

Because it's sure looking like you simply do not care.

We want Dr.Linda Sue Warner back!

Posted by: zooami1 | February 22, 2010 3:02 AM | Report abuse

S: (n) terrorism, act of terrorism, terrorist act (the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear)

Member5, Why do you have to be from another country to be a terrorist against the United States? Was Ft Hood not an act of terrorism then? What is a "domestic terrorist" then?!

Posted by: TrustMe2 | February 22, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

TrustMe2, please note that there are multiple comments here from multiple people. I said nothing about your feared furriners.

All that aside, do you really want another war on terror? This time conducted against anyone who thinks poorly of the IRS? Who will be left April 16th?

Posted by: member5 | February 22, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

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