What's with all this downvoting the 1st reply to my posting? Please don't do that!
It's all valid points and just because you disagree you should not give it minus points.
I too would actually much rather see the money go to Dan than to Damian. I understand the value of his contributions better and I believe he needs the grant more than Damian who I would think can get his way paid by teaching more easily.
For Larry then I am happy to help sponsoring him even if it's hard to see what he actually does. He has been more involved since O'Reilly laid him off and even if not then I don't mind giving him money for "past performance". :-)
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