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Federal Employees News Digest : April 22, 2013
Kristi Dougherty General Manager Phil Piemonte Managing Editor Sherkiya Wedgeworth Online Managing Editor Becky Fenton Circulation Manager Nathan Abse Writer Mike Causey Columnist Edward Zurndorfer Columnist Published by 1105 Government Information Group, Anne Armstrong, President. 1105 Government Information Group is part of 1105 Media, Inc. Neal Vitale, CEO. 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Technical inaccuracies may result from printing errors and/or new develop- ments in the industry. This publication's subscriber list, as well as other lists from 1105 Media, Inc., is available for rental. For more information, please contact our list manager, Merit Direct. Phone: (914) 368-1000; E-mail: 1105media@ meritdirect.com; Web: www.meritdirect.com/1105. April 22, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 38 2 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com If you don't have these creatures in your area, they are large, sometimes thumb-sized bugs who make a lot of noise. They have big red eyes. If you like Boston terriers or French bulldogs, think of a smaller version with see- through wings. Because these things come every 17 years, and come in different parts of the country at different times, cicadas always surprise us. Many birds don't know what to do with them. Most have never seen any insect that large and loud, so the bugs often go uneaten. This gives the cicadas more time to whoop it up. Last time around, they were amusing. Sort of an event of a lifetime, certainly of a generation. But then our worried side took over. Within days of their spring- summer of 1996 appearance, people here were demanding that the government do something. The "letters to the editor" pages of our newspapers were chock-full of somebody-do-something please. One man wrote: "Enough already. These things are driving me crazy. The noise is terrible. I can't talk on the phone. I am afraid to go out in the yard." He implored the Post to take a tough editorial stance. Others said the funny-looking bugs were a menace to picnics and to people dining outside at lunch or dinner. One woman said she was leaving town (for New Orleans, as I recall) where things would be more peaceful. I don't remember any suicides directly related to the bugs, but there may have been some. But the high- number of loud-talking (mostly men) callers to talk radio about the bugs was amusing. At first. Then it was easy to start thinking that the people who were so bugged by the poor bugs whose stay on earth was fun but brief, needed help. Maybe jobs where they were busier. Or maybe they needed to meet and study people who have real problems. As I was recalling this semi-hyster- ical reaction to the cicadas, I picked up another newspaper. It is called The Beacon. It claims a readership of 200,000 in the D.C. area. Its target audience is folks over 50. (I pick it up from time to time for my elderly friends.) The lead story was about a D.C. resident, Robert Anders---a distin- guished-looking, 88-year-old Foreign Service retiree. He happened to be outside---rather than inside---the American embassy in Teheran, Iran, on Nov. 4, 1979, when "students" took over the embassy, held most of the staff hostage for a year, and almost certainly cost Jimmy Carter re- election. Anders was one of six Americans who posed as Canadian movie execu- tives in order to escape from Iran. The CIA set them up with disguises, and the Canadian government gave them passports. It would make a good movie. It fact it was a good movie: "Argo," with Ben Affleck. The movie took some liberties, but it was a pretty good version of what hap- pened. I later got to know two of the hostages. Which makes this an inter- esting town, full of interesting people--- active and retired, alike. Seeing these people, perhaps knowing a few, and reading about them makes you realize this is a very dif- ferent place. I think the unsung heroes, the retired FBI people, the State Department types with a million true stories, the Pentagon and CIA folks who have been there, done that, make up for those cowering in their houses because of the sex-mad cicadas. So bring them on. Maybe there is a movie in this. INSIGHT by Mike Causey continued from page 1
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