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Excerpts from Joe Resnek’s speeches

Here are some excerpts from Resnek’s speeches:

▸Suffolk Unversity commencement address by Ambassador to Spain Alan Solomont, May 2012

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Today, we live in a world where purely national problems no longer exist but where global problems abound. International terrorism, global warming, the economic crisis, itself - you name it - no nation in today’s world - not even the United States - can face any of these problems on its own. The world - now, more than ever - is a small place with big problems. And yet, while that is meant to be sobering, it also presents a fantastic opportunity. Today, because the world is so interconnected, when you contribute at home, it can reverberate around the globe.

▸University of Maryland commencement address by John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management, May 2012

When I came out, my Dad asked me to never bring my partner to the house. This was hard, because we were a close family that gathered every Sunday for dinner, even after we’d all left home. Ten years later, when my partner was dying of AIDS, it was my father, a man who survived the Great Depression and Guadalcanal, who held him in his arms weeping, and saying, “I love you like my own son.’’

Wounds do heal. Minds do change.

That is the value of truth. It lays a bedrock of certainty that the sand of half-truths can never rival. Be true to yourself and your values, because the world needs the whole you.

▸Speech by Justin Johnston, deputy chief of staff of the Office of Personnel Management, April 2012

In the last analysis, the past 50 years of federal sector bargaining - the struggles we have faced and the accomplishments we have achieved - have been about building a strong, effective partnership that works for the American people. A partnership where employers and unions can reach deals that are fair to all parties. . . . I believe, as Kennedy believed, that we only get that kind of fairness when people are empowered and organized and unionized, and partner up, like we have done.

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