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By ( - on Friday, October 31, 2003 - 6:55 am: Edit Post

I think you are on to something with the quote, "Throughout they reflected a certain laid back attitude that is the type that get people killed". I hear you. Look at the Directors of Peace Corps during the periods of so many deaths. Director Baquet, Gearan, Sniederman, Vassquez, and the acting republican before Vasquez too.

They knew what was happening and turned the other cheek and acted surprised and shock when each volunteer fell. There were people calling and writing to them to change safety and attrition. They wanted to just, "get that pay check, travel, and pontificate", yet acts of violence persisted and are persisting today.

When you act the way they do, you are the worst of offenders of these volunteers rights.

Ms. Olsen as of today is in the "hot seat". People say she is a reasonable person. Reasonable will be to have two volunteers at every site and hire volunteers who have experiences realtive to safety concerns.

They should also give volunteers rights Having a member of general counsel be our attorney. This would elininate, "the us against them attitude these staff people have against volunteers and RPCV's in getting job development, health care, FECA benefits and be able to come abck to service.

I still think the Congress is our best options in changing the law so Peace Corps staff's attitude will have to "shape up or "ship out".

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