Bureaucratic tangle, seen from the in...

Bureaucratic tangle, seen from the inside

There are 19 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Nov 30, 2008, titled Bureaucratic tangle, seen from the inside. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

For as long as I can remember, I've fielded phone calls for "Dan" and letters addressed to Mr.

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Steve Silber

Owings Mills, MD

#1 Nov 30, 2008
This is what congressman/women are for, they love to straighten these minor issues(since they can't solve the major ones) this seems to make them feel important. Hope you never experiance any such issues in the future. But if you do just try it, done it many times when Sen. Cardin when he was a congressman. Happy Holidays

Nottingham, MD

#2 Nov 30, 2008
Goodbye, Dan Thanh. Will miss you.

Greenwood, IN

#3 Nov 30, 2008
Steve Silber wrote:
This is what congressman/women are for, they love to straighten these minor issues(since they can't solve the major ones) this seems to make them feel important. Hope you never experiance any such issues in the future. But if you do just try it, done it many times when Sen. Cardin when he was a congressman. Happy Holidays
Morons like you make our job harder (govt worker), referrals made from your elected official get primary attention, but seldom do they result in getting a better result. Voters think that their congress, senator or council person will intercede, plead, or help.....they only send a note with the contact info. Most of the time the referred can't be helped either due to the fact that they want something that can't be done.
reader in Pikesville

Bowie, MD

#4 Nov 30, 2008
enjoyed the column, kind of sad it's over

Westminster, MD

#5 Nov 30, 2008
where is she going? why is she leaving? is she a victim of the sunpapers decreasing circulation, caused in somepart to the extreme left wing ultra liberal policy?

too bad dad rodricks and tim franklin are not following her.

Macomb, MI

#6 Nov 30, 2008
I've always been curios of your name, so when you gave me a pronunciation key, I tried it out five times trying to get it. I stumbled each time. Probably because I kept saying Won Ton Bang, rather than what rhymes with it. :)

Macomb, MI

#7 Nov 30, 2008
Best of luck to you in the future! Yours is one column I actually enjoyed.

I hate when the Sun says you're leaving. Why don't they tell the truth -- "The publishing industry sucks right now, we're bleeding and our billionaire owner is slashing our staff to to point we will no longer be able to function and will outsource local news writing to India."

I expect the truth from a paper. Silly me!
Dan Thanh fan

Cumberland, MD

#8 Nov 30, 2008
Good Bye, Dan Thanh,
. You, your column, have been a bright ray of sunshine and hope for as long as I have been aware of it and in more ways than one.
. You have regularly reminded us of the very real contributions that immigrants have made to our (their) adopted society.
. My best wishes for you and yours for this Christmas and for your future wherever it finds you. We love you, kid.

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#9 Dec 1, 2008
Thanks, Dan Thanh!

You will be missed.
Catonsville Crone

Baltimore, MD

#10 Dec 1, 2008
So sorry to see you go. Here's wishing you lots of Good Fortune in your future.

Silver Spring, MD

#11 Dec 1, 2008
I enjoyed reading this article although it was almost scary to see how a large, important agency like SSA could make so many mistakes and employ some staff members who appeared to be both unprofessional and incompetent in performing their jobs. I do hope that SSA will work harder at improving the quality of its staff and ensure that they know how SSA used to type everyone's SSA card when I got mine about 50 years ago.

Since: May 08


#12 Dec 2, 2008
Best of luck to you, but you will need more than luck if you are leaving Maryland. You will have to surrender your Md license in the new State and they will verify your data again. I got caught by a bad birth date which was originally issued by NC in 1975 which I never corrected.

Montgomery Village, MD

#13 Dec 2, 2008
I was just thinking this past Sunday how
Dan Thanh's column was one of the few things left in the BS that I enjoy. When I finished the story and saw she was leaving I decided I will drop my subscription as the paper has been gutted to the point of worthlessness.Thank you for your enjoyable writing and much success on your next endeavor. I hope I can find you online somewhere.
Jim Traber


#14 Dec 3, 2008
Good luck Dan Thanh! You're column is great and your picture is even better - Hottie!

Royal Oak, MI

#15 Dec 3, 2008
SSA and the MVA.My God, I can't think of a worse punishment for an unsuspecting person.Dan Thanh ,you should have no trouble getting into heaven after dealing with those fine folks.Good luck in your future.
DeJuan Clark

Parkville, MD

#16 Dec 4, 2008
You know this is so funny because back in June my mate went through the same thing. The name on his birth certificate and that on his social security card didn't match so when he tried to get a new ID the dmv sent him on a month long wild goose chase. It's sad but im glad that somebody finally spoke up about these two agencies. Even still to add to the comedy of the whole situation, my mother works for social security, downtown office, and didn't believe how much of a headache the outside office had become, to deal with.
Bob C

Gwynn Oak, MD

#17 Dec 4, 2008
As an employee of SSA, I feel your pain. We are not all heartless and incompetent. Good luck-I'll miss your articles.

Martinsburg, WV

#18 Dec 4, 2008
I too have cancelled my subscription after finding out that Dan Thanh was leaving. It's a shame that good quality journalism isn't rewarded.

Stevensville, MD

#19 Dec 6, 2008
I was sad to see that your column will no longer appear in the paper. Seemed rather abrupt to me. Anyway... when the Sun did its "redesign" a few months ago, I was hoping that your column would be one of the few that would continue and was excited to see it in the paper. I too plan to let my subscription run out. I understand that the newspaper industry is going through tough times, but the Sun has whittled down to nothing. No point in continuing to receive it. The loss of your column was the last straw. Good luck, thanks for all the wonderful work you've done, and if you start a consumer blog, I will be a loyal reader.:)

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