“This is clearly an example of caving under pressure. I am sure the NPS was leaned on with subtle or not-so-subtle threats of loss of funding unless these "inappropriate" comments were retracted. Once again, money speaks louder than citizens.”
“Did you read the article? There will be no change in the appointment of our ambassador to the Vatican. The only change is the physical housing of the ambassador in a separate embassy, instead of in a building already available that houses the ambassador to Italy. This will save $1.4 million per year.”
ny1989 on Nov 29, 2013 at 00:00:32
“I know. That's why we have an embassy there. We need a diplomatic mission and it's worth out time, but the glibness of the other fellow seemed to down play the significance of it. While staying in berlin, it took me 40 minutes on the metro to get anywhere close to the US embassy... a 1.6 mile walk is perfectly acceptable for vatican city.”
“Yes, I saw that the reason for See's arrest was in the article, but it said "Ganglani was LATER charged . . ." My question was why the delay in charging the person who initiated the incident and committed the first violation?”
“I am confused. The home belonged to See, and the protection order was violated by Ganglani, yet See was the one handcuffed and taken away by the police? How does that make sense, please? I can understand that his behavior when the police arrived might lead to arresting See ALSO, but under what rationale is Ganglani allowed to go free?”
Johnpeter215945 on Nov 27, 2013 at 20:29:02
“The way it works is he was ordered NOT to be near Ganglani and he violated that order. Despite who actually owns the house, an order of protection cannot be violated until the court decides who owns the property. That's when Ganglani would be ordered to vacate the premises. Many jurisdictions now require a uniformed police officer to accompany someone who is restricted but needs to obtain something from their residence.”
HRH on Nov 27, 2013 at 19:38:54
“How do you know he did? In the article, in black & white: Ganglani was later charged with violating that order.
See was arrested because of his outrageous behavior. (Hint: it was in the article.)”
“You are ignoring the draconian budget cuts that resulted in inadequate staffing in the face of population increases combined with a drastic decline in the economy that has led to increased instability and stresses on families.”
Leon Hargrave on Nov 26, 2013 at 13:31:55
“I think between the two of you , you covered 90% of it”
“This article uses a narrow and shallow set of criteria. It is meaningless. It gives no import to the services available in a state, or the quality of anything except a small set of numbers.”
happysunshine82 on Nov 24, 2013 at 14:52:02
“It isn't an article about quality - it's about efficiency, being able to sustain services. That's the entire point! It's not a "best state to live in" study. It's a "who pays their way most efficiently" study.”
“In that case, he is a VERY poor writer and should not have a column in the WaPost.”
Matthew Atkinson on Nov 13, 2013 at 02:15:40
“Nobody looks like a decent writer when only one sentence from their column is lifted out to make headlines. It seems you may not have actually read his column. It's pretty decent, actually. It's well-written, it makes sense, it offers an accurate critique of the mindset of the Tea Party, and even the lone comment on racism is aimed where it should be (he wrote it as an indictment of racists in the Tea Party, not as a personal comment about race and marriage). This isn't a case of him being a bad writer, this is a case of tabloid-style journalism looking for blood in the water.”
“He was not only performing religious observances--(when he should have been paying attention to the traffic and his passengers), he was also "inviting" the children to participate. The children had to be on his bus; they had no choice. Thus, they were subjected to his "invitation" and were not able to avoid it. That isn't right. That isn't allowing them to be free of his religion. If someone comes to your door to proselytize, you can hear them out, or you can ask them to go away and not bother you. The children didn't have a choice, They had to hear his prayers, even if they weren't participating voluntarily. This cannot be allowed in a country that provides freedom of religion, as it is unfair not only to atheists, but also to Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, and any other non-fundamentalist Christians.”
jf12 on Nov 8, 2013 at 23:27:42
“The captivity of his audience is the only problem. He ought to be allowed any prayers when he isn't behind the wheel with the doors closed.”
“And, because of government regulations, the seatbelts in your car must be made of a material that will withstand the stress of sudden stops or impacts, not be made to look like seatbelts but rip apart in a minor accident.”
lamar5292 on Nov 6, 2013 at 08:31:42
“Which is why those catostrophic plans are cancelled because they offered no real protections and left many people going bankrupt.
The ACA plans have a maximum yearly deductible and out of pocket max after that you are still covered and getting your health care.
“You are making the invalid assumption that this is a closed system. Part of the rationale for inaugurating broader health insurance coverage is that preventive care will improve general health and thereby bring down costs in comparison with getting care in Emergency Rooms..”
MrFrank on Nov 5, 2013 at 20:44:51
“nope no assumptions on my part, just questions that the people that passed this didn't even take the time to read it before they agreed to pass it. I understand that not all things can be prevented, but if people would take the an interest in their own well being and start taking better care of themselves, a lot of them wouldn't need to go to the emergency room, I know you already know this. either way I still want to know where all of this money is coming from, again nothing is FREE.”
“Umm, evidently math is not your strong suit. If 600 million people need Obamacare, and we gave each of them a million dollars, that would be an expenditure of 600 TRILLION dollars, or 600 million million.”
Dosadi on Nov 5, 2013 at 20:28:36
“But don't ell him that there are only 330 million of us in the US. It would break his heart to know any facts.”
“This is blatantly wrong on several points; please check your facts.
1. The plans that are being dropped by law are generally plans that did not pay for "major services," although insurance companies have (and have always had) the power to drop any plan they want to drop at any time.
2. Now, however, the companiies have to offer you a substitute plan, instead of just kicking you out.
3. Plans are now required by law NOT to have "huge deductibles," and
4. people who are unable to pay for them will be eligible for subsidies to help them meet the costs.
5. Moreover, insurance companies are now required to prove that at least 80% of the premium costs are actually used to provide services, so costs of policies should go down.”
“Please don't repeat rumors. Let's give this issue a little time to see how things work out. Remember that software development is one of the most complex activities we carry out.”
mcgowann on Oct 23, 2013 at 16:21:41
“What clematisvine is pointing to is, when and if you actually get through the application process to shop the exchanges, the prices given are below the actual costs. The web site is only giving the price if you are 27 years old or 50 years old. So you pick a particular insurance company's prices and then that company contacts you for enrollment to buy the policy. Then they adjust the price according to your actual age. Unless you are age 27 or 50, the price goes up. This has been reported by many reputable news sources.
In other words, the ACA web site is misleading. It's not until the insurance company contacts you that you get the actual premium prices and they are much higher that what the ACA web site suggests.”
johnspek on Oct 23, 2013 at 15:36:50
“Spoke with The CEO and CFO and Director of sales for Evergreen Co_OP
also spoke with Regional Sales Director - southeast region for Aetna
they confirmed it”
Joenorthern on Oct 23, 2013 at 15:29:17
“No matter who is in the white house any thing the goverment does they usually
screw up. Medicare still has issues and has been around for how long now
They don't run things like a private business, there is no one to accept blame or
make final decision's they just point fingers at one another and try to get there
30 yr pension with out accountability . I know I see it everyday.”
davidw0153 on Oct 23, 2013 at 15:18:41
“3 yrs to get it work and nearly 600 million dollars later, still does not work...call an expert from google, gates or a 15 yr old computer nurd...”