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Gaddi Vasquez becoming Peace Corps Director.
By Bob Raymond on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 8:06 pm: Edit Post

Count me in opposition to the nomination.

By Nicole Pezold on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 9:05 pm: Edit Post

Vasquez's nomination is an insult to all 160,000 volunteers who've served and the many American and host country national staff who supported them.
I vehemently oppose his nomination and will do all that I can to persuade our Senators to throw it out. Perhaps then Mr. Bush will send a more worthy nominee.

By mary ellen Jones on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 10:22 pm: Edit Post

It makes me feel sick to think that this man has been nominated. It would be hard to find anyone less suitable.I have e mailed my opposition to the Calif. state senators

By John N Smart (jnsmart) on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 - 10:31 pm: Edit Post

The way I've seen this is that we needed to get the message out to the public, not just here on our own, "for your eyes only", network. The editorials in the Boston Globe and the LATimes were good, but when it appeared as an editorial in The New York Times last Friday, I figured that we're almost home free. Without important publicity, it would have been too easy to slide it through the Senate, but now, with the whole world watching, I think that Senator Biden's Foreign Relations Committee will take a very close look at Mr. Vasquez! That doesn't mean that we don't have to make sure that everyone we know writes to his or her senator to make sure that they know where we stand. Get those cards and letters flowing!

By Charlie French on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 8:09 am: Edit Post

Nominating Vasquez was a sly tactic by George W. Bush. It's also a slap in the face to all that have served in the Peace Corps.

By Doug Mickelson: Ethiopia I on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 12:03 pm: Edit Post

It is a sad day when such a person is nominated to direct the Peace Corps. Just another example of how Bush's priorities are just plain wierd.

By hhermus on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 12:15 pm: Edit Post

When I told a friend of mine about the renaming of the Peace Corps Headquarters after Coverdell, she said, "That's unfortunate, because usually when something takes on the name of a person, it slips in to oblivion." This from a non-RPCV. The present administration continual shows it's isolationist and partisan attitude when international affairs are involved, even with a formerly non-partisan program like Peace Corps that benefits both international and domestic policies. If you are a Board member of your geographic group, write letters (not e-mails) to each of your senators and congressmen protesting Vasquez's nomination. Write letters as a constituent too. Look up their voting records on the Coverdell renaming.(S-360) Make a case before the Peace Corps does slip into oblivion.

By Eric Nesheim on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 12:23 pm: Edit Post

Please Email your legislators in opposition to this nomination. Peace Corp directorship is one office that shouldn’t be a springboard for political aspiration. How many hundreds of former Peace Corps volunteers would be qualified to hold that spot and actually be effective?

By Janet Sandoval on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 12:36 pm: Edit Post

As an Hispanic, I do my best to support Hispanics who are hired or elected into important positions. But try as I may to find some appropriate justification for placing Vasquez into the PC Director's position, I just can't.

His background, policies, and positions are not only irrelevant to Peace Corps, but many just plain in opposition for what Peace Corps stands for.

As a former Peace Corps Volunteer, I feel alienated and disturbed at the disregard and lack of respect Bush showed by selecting someone so out of touch with the heart and meaning of The Peace Corps.

By Kimo Look on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 1:23 pm: Edit Post


By Jerome W. Clinton on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 2:20 pm: Edit Post

By all accounts, Gaddi Vasquez lacks the qualifications necessary to provide the vigorous and foresighted leadership that the Peace Corps deserves. President Bush's decision to appoint him is one more illustration of his indifference to the face his administration presents to the world.

By Donna Weddle on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 3:07 pm: Edit Post

I'd never heard of this individual before, but after reading the articles and your editorial, I'm convinced that this is not the right person for the position.

But what else could we expect from the Bush administration? I suppose that we should consider ourselves lucky that instead of only choosing an apparently immoral incompetent to head it up, he hasn't just closed up shop on the Peace Corps outright.

By Olive DePonte on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 4:15 pm: Edit Post

It is a betrayal of the ideals of the Peace Corps to nominate a man whose qualifications meet the minimum standards for nothing.

By Donald Clausen on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 7:17 pm: Edit Post

The Vasquez nomination is an insult to all present and former volunteers. I absolutely oppose his nomination.

By Scott Webb on Wednesday, August 29, 2001 - 7:57 pm: Edit Post

Here's what I wrote to my US Senators:

Dear Ms. Feinstein/Boxer,

My wife and I recently returned to California after spending 3 years as Peace Corps Volunteers in Niger, West Africa. It was an honor and a privelege to represent the US in such a challenging environment. We are very proud to have served in Peace Corps, that's why after reviewing all the information available to us, we urge you to oppose Bush's nomination of Gaddi Vasquez as Peace Corps Director.

Many Peace Corps Volunteers serve in countries with horrible corruption problems. I can recall on dozens of occasions the exasperated comments by my Nigerien friends about how corrupt and inept their government was. "Surely in America it is not like this...," they would say. With someone like Mr. Vasquez in charge of one of the most honorable institutions left in the world, the answer to my friends question gets significantly more complicated.

Thanks you for your time.

Scott and Andrea Webb
RPCVs Niger, 1997-2000

By Julia Vant-Hull Foree (juliaforee) on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 12:47 am: Edit Post

The PC represents the US to the people in the countries it serves in, and de-facto to many government officials of same as well.

This would seem to demand someone who at a minimum is wise, development-knowledgeable, and understands foreign affairs. Mr. Vasquez does not appear to be this person.

By Holly Hirchert on Friday, August 31, 2001 - 11:53 am: Edit Post

I am very angry that President G.W. Bush feels it necessary to give all of his Republican cronies a federal job. Gaddi Vasquez is just the latest person to have questionable qualifications for the job he has been nominated to fill. Mr. Bush promised to restore integrity to the office of president and as a result the conservatives assume that he has checked out the background of his nominees. We must not allow him to bring more crooks to Washington just because his name is George Bush and not Bill Clinton. Enough is enough.

Holly (Nony) Hirchert
RPCV Gabon

By Michael Fox on Friday, August 31, 2001 - 1:36 pm: Edit Post

I strongly oppose the nomination of Mr. Vasquez. It is indeed unfortunate that George Bush takes the attitude by making this nomination that he doesn't give a damn about international affairs. Not that this is a surprise, given his own feeble understanding of international affairs and his arrogance, both of which are reflected in his choice for the Peace Corps Director. This position must reflect the very best of America, its idealism and honor and commitment to others less fortunate. This nomination does none of these.

By Janice L. Arcidiacono on Tuesday, September 04, 2001 - 8:54 pm: Edit Post

I oppose nominee Gaddi Vasquez as Peace Corps director.
Janice Paul Arcidiacono
149 Oakland Road
Maplewood, NJ 07040

By Mike Lester on Friday, October 05, 2001 - 12:24 pm: Edit Post

Liberia 1968-70


By Karmin Valenzuela on Thursday, October 11, 2001 - 11:38 am: Edit Post

I strongle oppose the choice that President Bush has made in attempting to entrust Gaddi Vazquez with such a critical position. Gaddy has no internation realations experience and his last public office was a fiasco. Let his previous experience show that he is not suitable to head the Peace Corps.

Keep the crooks out of office. I strongly suggest President Bush reconsider his choice.

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