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  • stay home or prove UR smarter than a 7 YO
    deployed decoy
    Well OPM should not be playing traffic cop nor local politics. Most of this would be solved by first people taking some responsibly for themselves. Say instead of that BMW 335iV with V speed rated racing tires get an Audi A6 Quattro. If you don’t drive to impress, then get a Subaru. The Subaru comes much more ready to take chains if you so desire to be a responsible person. Then local governments (like most of Europe) should mandate snow tires and winter equipment (including a couple of blankets and freeze dried food). It is a privilege to drive remember. Thus when the state wrote you a $250 ticket and 6 points for having summer tires on when you slid under that fuel tanker and burst into flames, too darn bad for the spouse to pay that ticket… Well at least the cremation would be less. Then everyone needs to prove they understand what a 4X4 does before they get to register one. Please remember four wheel drive ONLY works when you click it in first (some newer models do auto sense). I have saw dozens of cars metal side down in the West that forgot to click in the front wheels. Then remember all that does is help you get moving, go faster and some limited spinout control (back passing the front when the back keeps going when you forgot to turn off cruise control and hit a slick spot 10 feet long). Four wheel drive does NOTHING to help you stop. Nor does the latest ABS – takes longer on slick surfaces with ABS. So we go back to the basics. If the state allows put studded tires on in Nov. If not carry and know how to put on your chains – BEFORE you need them to stop. Or as many suggested stay home on annual leave, while the police shoot in the head anyone off the road in that BWM. Please do not insult the rest of the country because you live in an urban area populated by predominantly brain dead elected officials (who still have a pulse so we cant donate their organ, unless they are one of those the cops shoot out of stupidly) who cut out long before you did.
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  • No Need for That Type of Language in This Forum
    LS
    Give it a rest Decoy. After the recent events in Arizona, we don't need any reckless talk about shooting people or brain dead elected officials. You sometimes have intelligent comments. Today was not one of them.
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  • your right
    deployed decoy
    LS yes UR correct I went over board with my thougths. But i still feel most of those folks making laws in congress likely want to be freeze dried when they go. so when the technoligy is here. someone just adds 98.6 water, still, and bring them back as oatmeal, to searve again and again and again.
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  • Blah, Blah, Blah
    Spunky
    What the heck does a freak thing in Arizona have to do with snow in Washington? Or is Arizona the new "ticket" to limit free speech? Go for it, DD!! The truth sometimes hurts!
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  • To Spunky
    Moderate
    Although DD has good comments in his blogs he talked about police shooting someone in the head. That is what LS referred to. LS has a point.-------------------- We all have to remember that DD's environment might be more dangerous than ours. This could be reflected in his writing. However, I would encourage him to keep on writing as most of his comments are valid. No one, including myself is perfect.
    worker
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  • Federal Commuter Heal Thyself
    Alan
    I am proud to see the OPM Leadership taking a proactive role in their determinations for Government Employees in the Washington D.C. area. Since our traffic congestions is second worst in the country, Secretary Berry should be commended for his actions. The days of being politically correct are now longer a position for anyone to take. Telework allows us to be a powerhouse of energy. Lets get all agencies on board now with this initiative. My agency is taking a very proactive role with telework and they are moving in the right direction as a model for others to follow. As a twenty-year federal employee, I am pleased in independent Leadership Secretary Berry is demonstrating. Lets continue to make workplace decisions early so that families can take appropriate action with their children and commutes. Dedicated Federal Civil Servant...
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  • OPM and Early Release
    Mark Y.
    The first thing I would like to comment on is the post by deployed decoy. Where did that come from and what on earth would prompt you to write something that mean spirited? Secondly please go back the cave you came from and stay there until you can figure out how to interact with other humans in a mature manner. I had no problem with the way OPM handled the early release last week. When I received the notification of a 2 hour early release I left work 2 hours early as directed. It was terrible what happened to commuters that evening and to be honest is there really a way to avoid it happening again? This is just another example of the "Washington DC blame game" that occurs every time something goes wrong. Life will go on and there will be another snow storm and more "arm chair QB's" ready and willing to second guess the actions of others while they do nothing.
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  • OPM what about the other 50 states?
    deployed decoy
    I have driven to work through 3 foot drifts on freeway over passes in Idaho (chained up on all 4 wheels). Got to work early because I left for work early with proper equipment. That one day the agency gave folks 59 minutes to get in late, in 10 years of weather like that. That agency did let folks go a couple times early during summer wild fires. but those fires went to a 1/4 million acres and by the time most folks who lived in the danger area were released it was too late to get past police road blocks to help get the family out of harms way, let alone report to the VFD to roll out on the incident. Yet close enough to see the retardant bombers bug eyes as they scrapped the trees saving the highway... So I ask again, why is DC so special??? One Govt, one rule, is all I ask for.
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  • DD, Where you been lately?
    FERS Fed
    Been missing your rants. Since you ask, "...why is DC so special?", here's why. Idaho - 83,000 square miles of land. Washington, DC - 61 square miles. Idaho population density - 18 people/sq. mile. Washington, DC population density - 9,800/sq mile (highest in the US). Federal employees in Idaho - 24,500. Federal employees in Washington Metropolitan area - 320,000. As Mike Causey points out, DC is a river town - you're either going downhill towards the Potomac, or uphill away from the Potomac. Even if we all drive chained up 4-bys like you, there'd be no place to park 'em; trust me on this one. So, let's review - lots of gov't bureaucrats + a crowded, hilly area + snow = very bad combination. One rule does not fit all situations. Get the picture?
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  • get to the field with the rest
    deployed decoy
    Well DC may have the mass of a black hole, maybe the same nothing escapes mentality. Circa 1993 the BLM moved most of the washington office to the FIELD, you know where the WORK is... Course all those folks came with the inflated grades to Idaho and smaller locations and best I know everyone that ws on the ground crawing their way up when that happened are still eating cat food. Thanks DC for bringing the brightest and most important to the field... my point is why do we need 320k folks in DC at all??? But back to chains. leave early hope the fools that make the laws make some that ban 18 wheelers (fule trucks) from the roads when it goes (RED) and require the rest to have proper winter equipment of face arrest if they cause an accident (or are even involved in one).
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  • give us a break
    bebeblu
    Well I imagine that it is difficult for OPM to know what is going on in other states ...in the DC area (which includes at least 3 of those states MD, VA and W VA) when all gov't employees hit the road at one time, everyone suffers. That staggered dismissal has never worked ... they tried it using zones where the farther you lived the earlier you left -- that never worked either ... plus some managers go through and tell employees it is ok to leave when the first OPM warning bell tolls -- In reality if everyone left at their normal time that day, which is typically after 3:00 pm, thousands more would have been stranded. Keep in mind that alot of the traffic is thru traffic ... tractor trailers and people going from Florida to New England and back ... so expecting everyone to have snow tires on is unrealistic!! One accident can tie up and snarl traffic for miles .. and hours. Not every gov't employee is authorized to work from home .. and in this case people were already at work ... thankfully I was able to stay home and work that day since the forecast was bad early in the morning -- I usually leave my house at 5 am to avoid alot of the traffic, and my commute is an hour each way on a good day. Most agencies and managers still seem to think flexiplace is a privilege to be doled out sparingly.. Yet it would make traffic in this area a thousand times better if more gov't employees could participate on a daily basis! Unless you have had the pleasure of driving in rush hour traffic in the DC area give us a break! In addition to the never ending road construction and out-of-towners who can't seem to drive even on a sunny day... a few flakes of snow is a disaster waiting to happen!
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  • give us a break
    bebeblu
    Well I imagine that it is difficult for OPM to know what is going on in other states ...in the DC area (which includes at least 3 of those states MD, VA and W VA) when all gov't employees hit the road at one time, everyone suffers. That staggered dismissal has never worked ... they tried it using zones where the farther you lived the earlier you left -- that never worked either ... plus some managers go through and tell employees it is ok to leave when the first OPM warning bell tolls -- In reality if everyone left at their normal time that day, which is typically after 3:00 pm, thousands more would have been stranded. Keep in mind that alot of the traffic is thru traffic ... tractor trailers and people going from Florida to New England and back ... so expecting everyone to have snow tires on is unrealistic!! One accident can tie up and snarl traffic for miles .. and hours. Not every gov't employee is authorized to work from home .. and in this case people were already at work ... thankfully I was able to stay home and work that day since the forecast was bad early in the morning -- I usually leave my house at 5 am to avoid alot of the traffic, and my commute is an hour each way on a good day. Most agencies and managers still seem to think flexiplace is a privilege to be doled out sparingly.. Yet it would make traffic in this area a thousand times better if more gov't employees could participate on a daily basis! Unless you have had the pleasure of driving in rush hour traffic in the DC area give us a break! In addition to the never ending road construction and out-of-towners who can't seem to drive even on a sunny day... a few flakes of snow is a disaster waiting to happen!
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