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Exactly right jennybugs! And I certainly hope that this patrol car had a dash-cam.
Very well said pdywgn!
Since you have monopolized all of the intellectual gifts to society, I have nothing to offer but little snippets that give you more opportunities to show us what it's like to live in your bubble.
And Paco will be in the front row yelling: "Off with his head!"
This poll is a complete joke, obviously some people have figured out how to defeat the system and pad the count.
In essence, veterans MUST be respected at all times.
chicoli, don't you mean that everyone must be respected at all times? Veterans, VA employees, young or old, male or female? I know a lot of veterans, and unfortunately quite a few of them do not deserve the title of veteran, but I still treat them with the respect they deserve. I am a veteran myself, but I have never needed to utilize the VA for help. I also know who I served with and some were not suitable for military service. Unfortunately, it is those same people who demand more than they deserve from the VA.
But now the question should be, since Sharon Helman was the Director at the time, did she or others manipulate the numbers to make it look like there was under utilization? Also, how can it be that the money saved went toward the new clinic? It is more likely that the money was then used to pay outside sources for services that the VA could no longer provide.
Very good response paco! I don't believe Secretary Shinseki should be removed from his position, but I do hope he does "clean house" and get some fresh eyes in the system to get things moving along. There are far too many career bureaucrats firmly entrenched in the system with no real accountability. And while he is at it, do away with the performance bonuses for anyone in management. They don't do any of the work that gets them those bonuses, it's the worker bees below them that do it all. Just like Sharon Helman and her $9,000 bonus last year. She was a fraud when she was in Walla Walla, and it followed her all the way to Phoenix, AZ.
Millie, the article written by Sheila Hagar was not well researched and should not have placed so much emphasis on what AFGE had to say. The union officials either lied or flat out gave false information to the reporter. The employees chosen for this "assessment" were not preselected, they were chosen by the assessment team from a list of those employees who had scheduling priveleges. There may have been 2 disgruntled employees, I don't know, but if they gave misleading information and it can be proved that they did so, then that information should not be counted as part of the total assessment. Nobody was afraid of retaliation that I am aware of. The AFGE person also said that they represent about 50 union employees, which is not true. After their shenanigans lately, they are down below 40 dues paying employees and will be losing many more in the coming year.
I know you are not happy with the VA Millie, and I know that your friend is really unhappy with the VA, but "piling on" is not necessary at this point. I'll be the first one to agree that the VA system is far from perfect, but I do see progress being made in the way they conduct business.
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