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Friday Feedback: Tom Strickland's rafting trip; name change at the Dept. of Navy; Gates and 'don't ask, don't tell'

By Ed O'Keefe

A sampling of some of the comments from this week's most popular Federal Eye items. The thoughts expressed below do not represent the views of The Federal Eye or The Washington Post:

Regarding the Interior Department official's decision to go white water rafting instead of addressing the Gulf Coast oil spill...

Hmmm. Sounds like Mr. Strickland was actually WORKING! It just so happens that FABULOUS TOURIST DESTINATIONS like the Grand Canyon are under the Dept. of the Interior's purview. So they held a major management meeting/conference at one of their own 'facilities', if you will, and the Chief of Staff attended. If it had been held at the Holiday Inn in Topeka, Kansas then nobody would be making such a big deal. -- GreenMeansGo
Is this the Washington Post or the New York Post? This headline is misleading and this whole story is much ado about nothing. With newsroom staffs being as shorthanded as they are, I think the Post could find something better to cover. -- MC55
Mountain out of a mole hill. He was on official business and in contact with his office -- end of story. -- EnemyOfTheState

About a House bill that would change the name of the Department of the Navy...

As a U.S. Navy veteran, I would fully endorse the addition of the Marine Corps to the Dept. of Navy title. I don't care about the record of the person introducing the legislation. It is a way to recognize a very important miltary force which is absolutely essential to the United States of America. -- FreedomFirst
Without their naval mission, the Marines are just another light infantry unit and could transfer their resources to the Army. The more they separate themselves from the Navy, the less reason for maintaining them as a separate armed force. -- ben18
Former USMC'er here. The name change is senseless. -- ShovelPlease

Regarding Defense Secretary Roberts Gates's letter to lawmakers about "don't ask, don't tell"...

VERY disheartening. Obama is a great disappointment to those of us from the gay community who voted for him - on this issue as on many others. He always moves too slowly and indecisively. I can't figure out if it is just that he wants to be liked by everyone or that he simply does not have the convictions he claimed in the campaign. Anyway, many of us could never vote for a Republican, so he has that safety buffer. But he had better not count on this forever or I, for one, will simply not vote next time. -- nymec
They didn't ask service members if serving with blacks would be a problem and you can look at someone and tell if they're black... Our country is run by spineless mental midgets. -- madest
I am extremely disappointed that Gates sent this letter and more disappointed that President Obama certainly had to concur with it. Shame on them for torpedoing the progress we have been making to end DADT. While I respect the need to have feedback from the troops about HOW best to undertake this change in the military, this could happen concurrent with the passage of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, the Senate version of which has a timetable for full implementation. I doubt if Harry Truman asked his troops if they would serve with African Americans. Shame on Obama - I am about to give up on him -- Hillegeistb

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By Ed O'Keefe  | May 7, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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I'm pretty sure you mean Tom Strickland. Ted's the governor of Ohio.

Posted by: samtm52 | May 7, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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