Friday, October 19, 2018


September 10, 2018

Dear Jeff,

You’ve been on my list since it was compiled late last year, as one of the most appreciated supers I’ve worked for. I was always impressed by the way you graciously oversaw a talent pool in the tensile lab that reliably jumped ship just as it mastered the craft. On the meltshop side, we would always call your office first in a crunch. It was never a surprise to find you there after 6pm. Beyond midnight, your cell was the crisis hotline and rang at an ungodly hour on a frequent basis.

You were not only approachable at all hours, but open to new ideas, and gave us the freedom to put them to the test. When I proposed procedural changes to eliminate redundant manual transcription, you gave me the green flag. I think that eliminated at least an hour of tedium from each shift.

All of that’s just to say thank you for your leadership. It played an integral role in making my years with A-Crew, on shift in the chemistry lab, a very rewarding experience.



Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Fredericks

September 10, 2018

Dear Mark and Julie,

I just wanted to thank y’all for making the long haul trek all the way from Virginia Beach to the Left Coast to visit us in our natural habitat and get a taste of the PNW. We always end up exploring beyond our day-to-day cattle trails when good company with fresh eyes comes to visit. The odds of me ever giving that crumpet shop in the market a fair shake on my own accord is slim to none – now I want to go back!

It can’t be easy for busy parents of 4 to get away, get that far away, or (for many) to choose to subject themselves to more family when they finally get a chance to get away. Thanks for spending a generous portion of your time free from home and work with us.



PS – Give the kiddos a hug for me, and bring them next time!

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

John Kasich

August 29, 2018

Dear Governor Kasich,

I want to thank you for the way you carried yourself during your 2016 presidential campaign and since. In light of John McCain’s passing in the past week, more hopeful, principled advocates for unity have never been more needed than now. It is shameful that legislators in Washington principled enough to rise above groupthink and political tribalism are rare enough to stand out as “mavericks.” We need leaders with balanced perspectives (not to mention term limits) who can motivate Americans to meet in the middle. Compromise has become a dirty word associated with weakness in our polarized political climate. I am grateful for the work you’re doing to change that along with the tone of debate in our country.

I personally couldn’t stomach the idea of helping inject the White House with a vulgar, imbecilic bully in 2016. His opponent was a no-go in light of the policies prepaid for by the sources of her campaign funding. Many who showed up at the polls wrote in candidates, or held their noses as they cast ballots more out of distaste for the opposition than confidence in their choice. Barely 25% voted for our sitting president. I symbolically wrote in your name on Election Day, but many just stayed home. In fact, almost half of America’s eligible voters didn’t even bother. That should be seen as a landslide vote of no-confidence in either party, or the system itself.

Not all Americans are turned on by bluster and empty promises. A fair-minded majority wants a principled leader who offers transparency, diplomacy, honesty, congeniality, humility, and poise. A leader who can still make a difficult decision without alienating or shaming those who disagree. From what I’ve seen, you refuse to get sucked into a shameful sphere of conformity for the sake of power in the short-term, unlike much of the GOP. Thank you for being the antithesis of our sitting president.


Daniel Loffer

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Electing a unifier as POTUS poses a monumental challenge. The news media needs ratings to survive, and the sensationalism that lures viewers lies at the extreme ends of the political spectrum, not the center. The day after a debate, the buzz seems more centered around who most creatively “burns” or “slams” opponents, rather than policy positions. Candidates who try to explain things realistically often put people to sleep, while ears perk up to unfounded promises that the candidate wouldn’t have the authority to fulfill on their own if elected. This is why it’s easier to elect a car salesman than an economist.

In Washington, deep stacks of bills that would take months to read are scripted by special interest groups, and then given the green light by legislators whose campaigns were funded by the authors. The tax code is so complicated that those with the most money can afford lawyers to find loopholes and save them millions, while the common man has to pay H&R Block a large chunk of his return just to help navigate the process of filing for one.

America is simply losing faith in our government, the press, and our ability as citizens to affect change for the better. When that happens, it’s easier just to believe what we want to believe when we hear it from a news spinner of our persuasion than to sort out which ideas on both sides of the isle are truly best for our nation and the world in the long-term.


Presented in-flight to our 10th Anniversary vacation.
Redacted in full at her request.