Making Public Comments is generally tough enough without something going wrong in the Internet Process.
Suddenly, comments made on one day take four to five days to appear, if they appear at all, while other comments made the same day appear almost immediately.
Suddenly, names are being removed from the headers on the list, making it next to impossible to find a specific comment.
Suddenly, the sortable list of comments when done chronologically does not place the list in chronological order.
Frequently, the buttons to be selected when publishing a comment simply do not work.
The Public Comments website is run by USA.gov, which is the main portal to the United States government online, and USA.gov is run by the General Services Administration.
Normally we would say it is highly unlikely that the DVA would be tinkering with the Public Comment board, but these are very strange times, and we would put nothing out of reach of the DVA and the current Administration. We've seen their tactics, and their lies.
We do not think this is the case, and pray that it is not. However, we do not recall hearing complaints about posting public comments, or not seeing the names of the commenters on the list when commenting early last winter on the M21-1 Manual Recission.
That could have shown the DVA what to expect this time when trying to change the definition of "service in Vietnam" for the Agent Orange Act of 1991. Hence, in their fear of the onslaught of negative comments, many of which contain positive evidence to show their interpretation is wrong, they may very well be tinkering with the comment board.
It is simply too much of a coincidence that such problems are occurring on this particular proposed change.
Stay tuned on this one, boys and girls. We may wind up demanding an extension to the period of public comment because of all the difficulties encountered.
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"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Bush Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets
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