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Federal Employees News Digest : May 13, 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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FEDERAL EMPLOYEES NEWS DIGEST (ISSN 1065-0970) is published weekly except first week in January and last week in December by 1105 Media, Inc., 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Suite 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Annual subscription rate is: US $39. Subscription inquiries and customer service: Mail to: Federal Employees News Digest, PO Box 15428, N. Hollywood, CA 91615-5428, customerservice@feder- aldaily.com or call (800) 989-3363, fax (818) 487-4550. © Copyright 2013 by 1105 Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproductions or distribution in whole or part prohibited except by site license or reprint purchase. The information in this newsletter has not undergone any formal testing by 1105 Media, Inc. and is dis- tributed without any warranty expressed or implied. Implementation or use of any information contained herein is the reader's sole responsibility. While the information has been reviewed for accuracy, there is no guarantee that the same or similar results may be achieved in all environments. 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. May 13, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 41 2 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com time in their period clothes don't look so hot today. To counter hippies---this was an era of dueling bumper stickers---some- body came up with a sticker that said: NEXT TIME YOU ARE BEING MUGGED, CALL A HIPPIE!!! You may have a low opinion of the police, the law or the courts. But when you get into trouble, it's nice to have a cop around. I found that out again, up close and personal, last weekend. One of my sons called. I was at my house. He had gone to pick up his girlfriend (she works on Sundays). His car had broken down on a parkway between my house and the border between Maryland and the District of Columbia. Because it is federal land, it is mostly patrolled by the Park Police. His car broke down on a two-lane highway where the posted speed is 50, and the actual speed is more like 75. It is right near the C&O Canal and the Potomac River. Inside the Beltway. Anyhow, his car died. He couldn't get the car up onto the embankment, which would have put it (and him) more out of harm's way. He put on his blinkers, stood behind the car to wave people off and called me. I got there in five or six minutes, but a cop had beaten me to the scene. Thank God. He was a retired D.C. cop, out with his wife. He was in a pickup truck. He parked the truck behind my son's much smaller car, put his flashers on. His wife, who had obviously done this before, got out of their truck and stood up on the embankment. Lots of people get hit by speeding cars whose drivers don't see cones, flares or flashers. Two things that many cops fear most are going to a domestic distur- bance and stopping people on a road. Especially on a fast-moving, heavily traveled highway. More police are killed or maimed in on-duty car acci- dents than by crooks or crazies with a gun or knife. The retired D.C. cop called the Park Police. While I was still there, the Park Police pulled up. They got behind the retired cop, putting themselves in the high-risk position, putting the retired D.C. cop at a somewhat lower risk threshold, and the three of us---son, girl- friend and myself---in a sweet safe spot. Even with the cop car and its blue/ red flashing lights, some people sped by, swerving away from us at the last moment. Turned out to be a good day. My son had a road service membership, and a truck was there within the promised 15 minutes. His car was towed to a station where they got it running well enough to get to the dealer the next day. And his car may be under warranty. In all, a good Sunday, except for some lost time. It could have been a lot worse if that cop hadn't showed up, stopped and kept us safe. And then called an on-duty cop who showed up and kept us even safer. Had they each not instinctively done what they did, one or all of us could have been hurt or killed by speeding traffic on that two- lane road. It happens all the time. As a young reporter, I covered the cops, and witnessed more than my share of traffic accidents and deaths. Early on I became impressed with what the police did, especially considering their pay, hours and shifts. Still, over the years there have been times I've become upset when I got a parking ticket, even though I deserved it. But suddenly it doesn't seem like such a big deal. Thanks, Officer X. INSIGHT by Mike Causey continued from page 1
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