Army Ranger and Medal of Honor recipient Gary Littrell will be honored at Coke Zero Sugar 400

Posted On Mar 2 2021 by

first_imgPresident Richard Nixon awarded then-Sergeant First Class Gary Littrell the Medal of Honor on Oct. 15, 1973 for his distinctive service in the Vietnam War. Littrell will be honored again the weekend of the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on July 7th at Daytona International Speedway.As part of the NASCAR Salutes Refreshed by Coca-Cola program, three servicemembers who received the nation’s highest military commendation will be honored at Daytona. All three men served in the United States Army.MORE: Honoring Leroy Petry | Honoring Don JenkinsOriginally from Henderson County, Kentucky, Littrell knew at the age of 9 he wanted to serve in the United States Armed Forces, he said in interviews for the book and video series “Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the call of Duty.”Littrell now is 73 and still active in visiting troops stationed around the world. He is one of 3,501 Medal of Honor recipients, 72 of whom are living.His actions under fire in the Kontum Province of South Vietnam, Littrell also was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame, dedicated solely to extraordinary U.S. Army Rangers. Sergeant First Class Littrell was a Light Weapons Infantry Advisor with the 23rd Battallion, 2nd Ranger Group and under intense mortar attack from April 4 to April 8, 1970.Littrell said he thanks God he didn’t take him during the four-day battle. “When I think about the Medal of Honor, I realize that I’m wearing this medal for the 400 and some people that died those 4 days. I’m their representative. They won this medal. I was selected to wear it for them.”RELATED: Littrell interview as part of the “Medal of Honor” series“Recognizing Medal of Honor recipients is one of the most important traditions we have at Daytona International Speedway,” said speedway President Chip Wile. “This recognition is rooted in our facility’s history, while also being embedded in the values all Americans hold dear. It is a true privilege to have these American heroes join us for our race weekend.” | Coke Zero 400 ticketsRead Command Sergeant Major Gary Littrell’s official Medal of Honor citation:For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sfc. Littrell, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Advisory Team 21, distinguished himself while serving as a Light Weapons Infantry adviser with the 23d Battalion, 2d Ranger Group, Republic of Vietnam Army, near Dak Seang. After establishing a defensive perimeter on a hill on 4 April, the battalion was subjected to an intense enemy mortar attack which killed the Vietnamese commander, one adviser, and seriously wounded all the advisers except Sfc. Littrell. During the ensuing four days, Sfc. Littrell exhibited near superhuman endurance as he singlehandedly bolstered the besieged battalion. Repeatedly abandoning positions of relative safety, he directed artillery and air support by day and marked the unit’s location by night, despite the heavy, concentrated enemy fire. His dauntless will instilled in the men of the 23d Battalion a deep desire to resist. Assault after assault was repulsed as the battalion responded to the extraordinary leadership and personal example exhibited by Sfc. Littrell as he continuously moved to those points most seriously threatened by the enemy, redistributed ammunition, strengthened faltering defenses, cared for the wounded, and shouted encouragement to the Vietnamese in their own language. When the beleaguered battalion was finally ordered to withdraw, numerous ambushes were encountered. Sfc. Littrell repeatedly prevented widespread disorder by directing air strikes to within 50 meters of their position. Through his indomitable courage and complete disregard for his safety, he averted excessive loss of life and injury to the members of the battalion. The sustained extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by Sfc. Littrell over an extended period of time were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him and the U.S. Army.MORE: NASCAR Salutes military spouseslast_img read more


If Kurt Busch wants Rolex 24 or Indy ride, Ganassi says it’s ‘on the table’

Posted On Mar 2 2021 by

first_imgThe opportunities appear to be endless for Kurt Busch following his official move to Chip Ganassi Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series program.After five years with Stewart-Haas Racing, Busch will drive the No. 1 Chevrolet, bringing sponsorship from Monster Energy with him to the organization for the one-year deal.But the fresh start could bring chances to run in other forms of racing with Chip Ganassi also owning teams that compete in both IndyCar and IMSA.RELATED: Detailing Busch’s move to Ganassi | Busch’s Ganassi unveil was a monster“I think in my conversations with Kurt, all that stuff is available,” Ganassi said. “All of our cars are available to all of our drivers. So, I think it’s a matter of if the opportunity presents itself.”Both Ganassi and Busch treaded lightly while discussing what the future holds beyond 2019, whether it’s a contract extension in NASCAR, other racing endeavors, or both.“It’s more than just me saying, ‘Hey, let’s do it’ and him saying, ‘Yeah, let’s do it,’ ” Ganassi added. “The important point is those things are available for conversation.”What could certainly help Busch’s cause to drive another Indianapolis 500 or Rolex 24 at Daytona under the Ganassi banner is his previous experience.Busch participated in the Rolex 24 in 2005 and ’08, finishing third in the latter event. In 2014, the now 40-year-old competed in the Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport, finishing sixth in his maiden IndyCar Series voyage after starting 12th.“It’s not often you have a guy that has the experience to do that, like at Indy and in an IndyCar,” Ganassi said. “It’s certainly on the table, if need be.”While seeing Busch in a sports car at Daytona or an open-wheel car at Indy seems more like a potential reality than a farfetched fantasy, right now he’s focused on putting the No. 1 Camaro back in Victory Lane and bringing home a second career championship.“Anytime you get an opportunity like this … you don’t know what’s around the next corner as far as motivation and challenges,” Busch said. “So, for right now, I see it all in and we’ll see how it goes from there.”last_img read more


Libyans Rally in Support of U.S. in Benghazi With Signs Saying ‘We’re Sorry’

Posted On Feb 27 2021 by

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreLibyans held a pro-America rally last night expressing regret and shame for the attacks on the American embassy that resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and 3 others.A CBS reporter on the scene said there is a sense of shock and anger toward those responsible for the crimes.“When you talk to Libyans here you hear the same thing: Everybody is heartbroken. They’re saddened, they’re shocked by what’s happened,” D’Agata told Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose. “They say the ambassador is a personal friend to the Libyans.” See more inspiring photos on the image site: imgur.com.(READ the story in from CBS News)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more


On appoints Richard Burney as new UK Sales Director

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgUp and coming run shoe brand On has appointed Richard Burney as its UK Sales Director. The Swiss running shoe company On has gone from strength to strength in the UK market, with the number of retailers stocking the brand reportedly doubling in the last year. With increased demand for the On brand, the Swiss-based company saw the need for a dedicated UK-based team.Richard Burney comes with a wealth of experience in the running industry and is seen to be well placed to drive the brand forward in the UK. His previous roles include, specialist retail store management, technical representative and specialist account manager at Adidas – where he delivered year-on-year growth in the specialist running retail base, before moving on to establishing Adidas’ new-to-market cycle range in 2013.Prior to his tenure with Adidas he worked for Sweatshop, managing stores, ‘experiencing things from the coalface of retail’.Richard will work closely with European Head of Sales, Christian Bahr and UK Tech Rep, Tierney Maude, who have been instrumental in the UK growth thus far. This is seen as the first step towards establishing a first-class team in the UK to push the brand further and support retailers through dedicated training, sales and event support. On is actively looking to expand its sales team with additional Sales and Tech Reps in 2014.European Head of Sales, Christian Bahr said “When On first entered the UK market, it did so using distributor, Fit Brands, who positioned the brand well within specialist running stores. With clear demand for the shoes, we decided that setting up a UK-based sales team would benefit the brand and our partners.“This model already works well in Switzerland, Germany and the USA. Our goal is to work directly with all our partners, providing a first-class service and to set up a powerful selective distribution.”Christian continued, “Our goal for the next three years is to set up a strong UK team. We want to position On as one of the top five premium performance running brands in the UK and Richard – with his wealth of experience – is key to this.” On is following a strategy of selective distribution, which has positioned the brand well with specialist retailers and as a premium brand. Retailers are reportedly seeing the commercial benefits of this strategy and consumers ‘are enjoying a completely unique and fun running experience.’On’s goal is to provide retailers with the best service possible and a partnership to help increase sales for retailers. As the company points out, ‘It is customer focused and offers an attentive, proactive and agile partnership at all levels, be it Sales and Tech, our Customer Service Team, or our marketing personnel.’On also notes that this approach to distribution ‘is set against a backdrop of the many efficiency driven brands who are increasingly distancing themselves from their customers.’Richard said “I am excited to be working with such an innovative and different brand. Its unique approach and compelling story around founder Olivier Bernhard and the technology makes a great story and specialist retailers can enjoy retelling this to their customers.“It is only brands with stories like these that can create a buzz around the product, and also for the stores of our retail partners. Consumers don’t only get a specialist service from the retailer, but also a specialist product offering not otherwise available in more general sports retail.”He continued “The Cloud Technology is a hugely important point of difference both visually and functionally. The market has lots of great brands with great shoes but which are widely available in all retail channels, and are mostly all offering a variation on the same theme. On shoes not only bring a retailer’s shoe wall to life with a truly unique design and construction, but also provide a running experience unlike any other out there in the market.”The 2014 On Collection further extends to the Cloudster (for fun running), the Cloudrunner for endurance and mountain running and the Cloudracer for competitive events. A completely new shoe is due to be launched in the next month in the UK.Ons are available at over 1000 specialist running stores around the world and are worn by 5 world champions such as the current Ironman World Champion, Frederik Van Lierde and London 2012 Olympic Gold Medallist in triathlon, Nicola Spirig.www.on-running.com Relatedlast_img read more


Bruce Sandell joins RGT Cycling as Consultant Commercial Director

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_imgBruce Sandell joins RGT Cycling as Consultant Commercial Director Related Alex Serban, RGT Cycling CEO, added “We’re delighted to bring Bruce on-board, adding a wealth of skills and experience to our team. Bruce’s network and knowledge of the global cycling industry will play an important role in our development as we continue on our path of rapid expansion. It’s the start of another exciting chapter for the both of us.”The RGT Cycling platform boasts a range of functions including a Magic Roads feature which… ‘accurately creates every climb and descent, every corner and false flat from a riders’ personal GPX file, recreating racing on real roads as closely as possible.’Recent partnerships including taking the previously cancelled Women’s Tour onto the virtual platform, now called the Skoda V-Series Women’s Tour. Here, leading women’s teams from around the world went head-to-head over three stages on RGT’s Magic Roads, with the stages opened up to be ridden by the public after the pro racing.RGT has also partnered with Cycling Australia, SEG Racing Academy and Cycling Canada amongst others in recent months.www.rgtcycling.comcenter_img Virtual cycling platform, RGT Cycling has announced the addition of Bruce Sandell – who joins the RGT team as Consultant Commercial Director.Formerly Managing Director and Founder of Gruppo Media, which was behind the Rouleur Classic and Rouleur magazine, Sandell will work across RGT’s business strategy, development and partnerships, as the platform continues to develop its commercial offering for partner brands.“RGT Cycling has been a brand I’ve followed since its inception,” said Bruce Sandell. “To join the team at this phase of their development is very exciting.“This is a very dynamic area of huge growth potential for the cycle industry. The RGT team has already started to build some superb partnerships with brands – as well as race organisers, teams and governing bodies over the past few months.“This will connect cyclists from all over the world and create unique riding, racing and training experiences. I’m very much looking forward to helping take RGT to its next level.”last_img read more


Extron Introduces Microphone that Integrates with eBUS-Enabled Control Systems

Posted On Dec 20 2020 by

first_imgExtron has introduced the VoiceLift Pro Microphone EB, designed to integrate with eBUS enabled control systems to provide voice amplification for a wide variety of installations. The VoiceLift receiver connects to the eBUS port on an Extron IPCP control processor for power and customizable control of events such as Instant Alert or recording start/stop. Wireless technology for voice amplification utilizes digital transmission and pairing in a dedicated spectrum to provide superior performance over traditional systems. VoiceLift Pro EB integrates seamlessly with IPCP control processors and an audio power amplifier to provide a complete voice amplification solution.Features include:Advanced RF wireless technology provides superior sound quality, increased reliability, greater range, and reduced interference over traditional systemsDSP maximizes sound quality and intelligibilityeBUS port provides the required connection to Extron IPCP Pro control processors using a single cable that carries both power and communicationCustomizable control from the pendant microphone for recording start/stop or Instant AlertSupports up to two microphones for each receiverHigh capacity rechargeable batteries allow for over 8 hours of talk timeLightweight pendant microphone can be worn around the neck or clipped onto clothingPairing creates an exclusive relationship between the microphones and the receiver, preventing interference with other systemsHandheld microphone is ideal for student use, team teaching, or guest speakersVolume control on pendant provides easy adjustment of audio levelAuxiliary mic input on pendant allows use of an optional lavalier or headset microphoneDesktop charging station recharges two microphones simultaneouslyCompact receiver can be mounted in a rack or secured using an Extron ZipClip 100last_img read more


CFPB’s QM rule turning borrowers away: NAFCU witness

Posted On Dec 19 2020 by

first_imgby. Nicholas BallasyDaniel Weickenand, CEO of the $531 million Orion Federal Credit Union in Memphis, Tenn., told Congress Tuesday the CFPB’s new qualified mortgage standards will cause his credit union to turn away many creditworthy borrowers.“In today’s lending environment, with interest rates at record lows, margins on non-QM loans will be very narrow,” he said in his written testimony before a House Financial Services subcommittee. “When you take into account the additional legal liability associated with non-QM loans, this margin will be even narrower. While some institutions may start charging a premium on their loans to account for the additional risk associated with non-QMs, we do not feel this is in the best interest of our credit union, our members and our community.”Consequently, Weickenand said Orion FCU has decided to not offer non-QM loans.“I cannot tell you how difficult this decision has been. Orion takes great care in placing our members with the right mortgage product, and the QM standard will inevitably force us to turn many creditworthy borrowers away,” he added.The title of the hearing, which began at 10 a.m. Eastern Time in the Rayburn House office building, was “How Prospective and Current Homeowners Will Be Harmed by the CFPB’s Qualified Mortgage Rule.” Weickenand appeared as a witness on behalf of NAFCU. Other witnesses include a community banker and the CEO of Quicken Loans. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


News Scan for Mar 14, 2016

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_imgAmerican clinician treated for imported case of Lassa feverAn American physician’s assistant has been flown from West Africa to the United States for treatment of Lassa fever, according to recent reports from CNN and Emory University Hospital.The patient, who was working with a missionary organization in Togo, tested positive for Lassa fever upon arrival to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. The individual is currently isolated in Emory’s Serious Communicable Diseases Unit, which successfully treated four patients with Ebola virus disease in 2014, CNN said.The US State Department requested that the patient be flown from West Africa to Emory’s treatment facilities, where health workers are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Georgia Department of Public Health to manage the case, Emory said in a Mar 11 statement.Lassa virus, which can cause hemorrhagic fever and bleeding, infects 100,000-300,000 people in West Africa each year, causing approximately 5,000 deathsaccording to the hospital. Symptoms are similar to, but less severe than, those caused by Ebola virus. Lassa virus spreads to humans through contact with rodent urine and droppings and through direct contact with a sick patient’s bodily fluids.Six cases of Lassa fever have been reported in the United States, all in people with a history of travel to areas where the disease is endemic. The most recent US case was reported in New Jersey in May 2015, Emory said. Recent outbreaks have been reported in Nigeria and Benin.Mar 13 CNN story Mar 11 Emory University Hospital statement  Argentina reports its first local chikungunya cases as outbreak growsArgentina has reported its first locally acquired chikungunya cases ever, as the outbreak in the Americas expands by more than 10,000 cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its regional office, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported.The WHO said today that Argentinian officials on Mar 7 reported 1,281 suspected chikungunya cases in 2015, including 21 that were lab-confirmed and 22 classified as probable, the agency said in a news release today. The country also noted 1,030 suspected cases through February of this year, including 55 lab-confirmed and 4 probable. Of the lab-confirmed cases, 30 were acquired within the country.Previously, PAHO had noted only 42 imported chikungunya cases in Argentina in 2015, and none so far for 2016. Local health officials are ramping up surveillance efforts, mosquito control, and communications with health professionals and the public, the WHO said.In its weekly update on Mar 11, meanwhile, PAHO reported 9,079 new cases for the year, not including the new WHO-noted infections in Argentina. When Argentina’s 2016 cases are added in, the 2016 total rises to 10,109.The 2016 outbreak total has now reached 30,842 confirmed and suspected cases, according to PAHO. The agency did not report any new 2015 cases since its previous update, leaving that number at 731,920 cases. Therefore, the outbreak total since 2012 has now reached 1,910,388 cases, according to PAHO’s total. But when the new 2015 and 2016 Argentina cases are added, the outbreak total rises to 1,912,699.A high percentage of PAHO’s new 2016 cases were from Bolivia and Nicaragua. Bolivia, reporting data for the first 8 weeks of the season after reporting none previously this year, tallied 5,175 new cases. And Nicaragua, reporting 4 weeks of data, had 2,147 new cases, raising its 2016 total to 3,925 infections.No chikungunya-related deaths have been reported so far in 2016. The outbreak began in December 2013 on St. Martin in the Caribbean with the first recorded cases of the disease in the Americas.Mar 14 WHO news release Mar 11 PAHO update  Latest PAHO 2015 cumulative case numbers China reports 12 new H7N9 casesChinese health officials recently reported two more H7N9 avian flu infections in adults from China’s mainland, while China’s most recent monthly infectious disease report lists 29 H7N9 cases and 15 deaths that occurred during February.China’s official news agency, Xinhua, today reported a severe case of H7N9 in a patient from Hubei province in central China. The individual, who was diagnosed yesterday and placed in isolation, is a poultry trader being treated for severe pneumonia, sepsis, and multiple organ failure.On Mar 11, the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission reported an imported H7N9 case in a 79-year-old woman from Anhui, who is currently being treated for the disease, according to FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board.China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission released its infectious disease report for the month of February on Mar 11, revealing 29 H7N9 cases, 10 of which had not been previously reported. The report also indicated that 15 people died from the disease during February, yielding a mortality rate of 51.7% for the month, FluTrackers said.The new cases lift the overall global total from the disease to 764, according to a case list maintained by FluTrackers. Mar 14 Xinhua report Mar 11 FluTrackers post on Shanghai case Mar 11 FluTrackers post on China’s February report FluTrackers H7N9 case list Adjuvanted anthrax vaccine produces high immune response in 2 dosesA study of the adjuvanted anthrax vaccine AV7909 (also known as NuThrax) found that all dose schedules evaluated resulted in higher immune responses compared to the currently recommended vaccine regimen, according to findings published Mar 12 in Vaccine.The phase 2, randomized, double-blind, controlled trial followed 168 healthy adults who were assigned to one of five immunization groups: group 1 (44 people receiving AV7909 on days 0 and 14), group 2 (34 people receiving AV7909 on days 0 and 28), group 3 (23 people receiving AV7909 on days 0, 14, and 28), group 4 (44 people receiving a half-dose of AV7909 on days 0, 14, and 28), and the control group 5 (23 people receiving the currently recommended BioThrax vaccine on days 0, 14, and 28).AV7909 is produced by Emergent BioSolutions, Inc., which sponsored the study. The vaccine is a combination of CPG 7909 adjuvant and the currently used prophylactic anthrax vaccine BioThrax.The highest peak immune response occurred in group 2 (two doses of AV7909 given 28 days apart. Peak immune response was also high in group 3 (three doses of AV7909 given 14 days apart. Peak titers in all four AV7909 groups were higher than in the BioThrax control group.The immune response necessary to neutralize anthrax toxin was above the required threshold at day 28 for groups 1, 3, and 4. All groups were above the threshold at day 42. Though the highest titer levels were observed in group 2, group 3 reached the immunity threshold seven days earlier than group 2.Most subjects reported mild or moderate reactions (eg, swelling at the injection site) to the vaccine, with many reporting mild or moderate systemic reactions. Adverse events, though not serious, led six vaccine-group subjects to remove themselves from the study.Adverse events were more common in the groups receiving AV7909 (79% of subjects) compared to the control group (65US agencies currently recommend three doses of BioThrax administered 2 weeks apart, followed by a 60-day antimicrobial regimen, for post-exposure anthrax prophylaxis. The findings suggest that use of two or three doses of AV7909 may require fewer vaccinations to achieve sufficient immune response to anthrax toxin and may increase compliance with vaccination.Mar 12 Vaccine studylast_img read more


New Mexico COVID-19 Cases Now At 686

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgSTATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials today announced 62 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County remain at 2 confirmed case.Per the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent cases are:16 new cases in Bernalillo County1 new case in Chaves County1 new case in Doña Ana County2 new cases in Grant County4 new cases in McKinley County25 new cases in San Juan County11 new cases in Sandoval County2 new cases in Santa Fe CountyToday’s announced cases include additional positive tests from the La Vida Llena long-term care facility in Albuquerque, where one additional resident and two additional staff members have now tested positive for COVID-19.The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 remains 12.Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 686 positive tests for COVID-19:Bernalillo County: 262Catron County: 1Chaves County: 14Cibola County: 14Curry County: 6Doña Ana County: 30Eddy County: 4Grant County: 3Lea County: 2Lincoln County: 1Los Alamos County: 2McKinley County: 44Otero County: 3Rio Arriba County: 6Roosevelt County: 1Sandoval County: 114San Juan County: 83San Miguel County: 1Santa Fe County: 64Socorro County: 5Taos County: 13Torrance County: 6Valencia County: 7County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.As of today, there are 48 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 133 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has detected community spread and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing: Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;Asymptomatic people in congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers; andSymptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath. New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.​The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.last_img read more


White: Why I’m A County Council Candidate

Posted On Oct 19 2020 by

first_imgBy GREG WHITEDemocratic CandidateLos Alamos County CouncilMy name is Greg White. I am running for County Council because I really love this community and I am really frustrated with the Council and top management of the County and the pervasive “Can’t Do” attitude.The Council is suppose to Lead And Oversee. But there is no leadership from the Council, let alone oversight. They constantly fail to adequately question County staff. And a lot of the questions they do ask, they should have known the answer to before the meeting.I’ve repeatedly emailed the Council and staff with measures they can legally take to assist our citizens and businesses during this virus crises. But all I get is “thank you for the suggestion” and no action.How did they fail to ensure the County had a pandemic plan before the virus, when a pandemic has been warned by scientists for decades? And we have the Lab, which employs people from around the world.Why do they not ask the County attorney why the words, “for the construction of any railroad”, appear in the supposed anti donation clause? Those words appear in the clause because it is NOT a blanket prohibition against the government helping, especially in extreme circumstances like a pandemic. If it was a blanket prohibition NM would be the Only State with a constitutional clause or statute with such a prohibition.The Council gives help and money all the time to private interest! I am NOT saying anything bad about the following examples. I AM showing that the Council CAN help businesses and individuals during this virus and they have no excuse not to.They loaned UbiQD, a private company, $325,000 at no interest and deferred payments for three years. They give $300,000/yr to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, a private organization. They provide Ashley Pond and its pavilion at no charge to an out of county company and the bands at no charge. They give money to the JJAB, even though the JJAB claims to be a private organization. They give $20 million/yr to Main Street, a private organization. The Council CAN help during this virus, they simply chose not to.Several recent letters to the editor have made great points on what we need in and from a County official. I feel these apply to both those elected and appointed officials. Namely: empathy, integrity, listening, leadership skills and good judgment.What about diversity? I’m not speaking of just heritage, but also career(s), actual work experience, environment growing up, and education. And not just political view, but also social, religious, justice, and foresight. And most importantly can a candidate take all these life experiences and put them together to be an actual leader?But the absolute prerequisite for public service is TIME! Does the candidate have the time? Because being on the Council takes a lot more time than 4 to 6 hrs twice a month. Council members are assigned as liaisons to several boards and commissions. There are public appearances like the Farmer’s Market, Homecoming, Main St. events, etc. All council meetings involve multiple subjects, which each member should be researching beforehand and not just accepting what staff has to say! Staff may have an agenda or not have the expertise they claim to have. Worse, staff may give the answers they believe the Council wants to hear rather than the truth! Remember the RCLC mess!Honestly I don’t think any of the current council is a leader.And most don’t have the time! They work full time for the Lab or run a business or are an underpaid and overworked teacher.The last two Councils use to come to meetings with prepared written statements so you know they weren’t going to listen to citizens. And the current Council never engages the public except to say, “Thank you for your comment”. Nothing in the Open Meetings Act prohibits the Council from engaging citizens in questions and answers. It Only prohibits taking any action on anything a citizen says that isn’t an agenda item.I have the time, integrity, experience, knowledge, empathy, listening skills, judgment skills and Leadership you need in a Councilor.I’m retired (time), I was a paralegal in the Air Force specializing in contracts (the Council is asked to approve numerous contracts with no real understanding what they’re approving), also in the Air Force I spent a year each overseeing the Zero Overpricing Office and the Govt. Operated Service Store (which made all purchases for the Civil Engineers, aka Public Works).I was a Coast Guard Search and Rescue Coxswain (had to make split second decisions to save lives, as well as intercept drug smugglers and make arrests), was local Law Enforcement in Las Vegas, NV (I know proper LE actions as well as needs and proper staffing).I worked construction and was a Stationary Engineer at the Sahara Hotel/Casino and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, NV (I have the knowledge to asses budgets for construction, maintenance and repair of County properties, as well as assess bids and designs as to actual feasibility without going over bid cost and wasting tax dollars).Between the military and construction I’ve lived in 12 States and in both small and large communities in each. From as small as a 200 population to 17 million and in between. I’ve seen first hand what works to revitalize communities and what doesn’t. I’ve seen first hand blight disappear and seen it increase.I’ve lived in “Can Do” communities and “Can’t Do”. I’m tired of this community being “Can’t Do”, stuck in the past of the 1940s and blight increase while our hometown businesses fail and out of state business owners move in!!! Are you???I thank you for your vote!last_img read more