Sanders to run for re-electionBy Timothy McQuistonBernie Sanders has announced that he will run for re-election to a fifth term in Congress, rather than run for the open governor’s seat.Sanders said at a press conference on November 6 that though he indeed would want to be governor, the pressing needs in Washington, especially after the September 11 terrorist attacks, led him to seek re-election to “a job I love.”Sanders has run for governor three times, the last in 1986 when he was still mayor of Burlington.“It’s just not something I can undertake at this time,” Sanders said, thus ending speculation that he might run for the state’s top post. The congressman said he made the final decision the previous weekend.Along with the terrorist attacks and their aftermath, like the anthrax attacks and war in Afghanistan, Sanders cited other pressing issues that compelled him to stay on Capitol Hill: the economic recession; growing unemployment; and the failure of Congress to renew the Northeast Dairy Compact.Sanders also reiterated his strong objection to many of the Bush Administration policies before and, especially, after September 11, of which he believes President Bush is taking political advantage. Sanders cited legislation that, on the one hand, damages civil liberties, while on the other gives economic benefits to the wealthy, neither of which have anything to do with combating terrorism.Sanders, wearing an American flag pin on his lapel, also noted that a lot of the new heros of the nation aren’t movie stars or politicians, they are working people like the firefighters who climbed the stairs of the World Trade Towers, and police officers and postal workers, who provide a public service everyday.With his step-daughter, Carina Driscoll, representing his campaign office and running the press conference, and his wife, Jane Sanders, sitting behind him, a packed conference room at his Burlington office heard a confident Sanders state in that familiar Brooklyn baritone: “I’m proud, very, very proud to represent Vermont in Congress.”Given his track record, he should have little trouble convincing Vermont voters to send him back to Washington on his 61st birthday next November 11.
Rear Adm. Mehling is the thirteenth Director of the Joint Task Force, originally established as Joint Task Force Four on February 22, 1989. Rear Adm. Steve Mehling comes to JIATF-South from Norfolk, Virginia where he served as Commander, Force Readiness Command, United States Coast Guard. Adm. Mehling’s previous Flag assignments include Commander of the Fourteenth District. He is a career aviator with 17 years of operational flying experience at air stations on the East Coast, West Coast, and Gulf Coast. A native of Brandon, Florida, he graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in marine engineering (with high honors) in 1985. In 1992, he graduated summa cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law as the salutatorian, receiving membership in the Order of the Coif. Rear Adm. Michel will report next to Portsmouth, Virginia as Deputy Commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area. His previous flag officer tours included Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security and Director for Governmental and Public Affairs, U.S. Coast Guard. Under the leadership of Rear Adm. Michel, JIATF-S commenced Operation Martillo, the United States whole-of-government approach to countering the use of the Central American littorals as transshipment routes for illicit, drugs, weapons, and cash. Since January 2012, in conjunction with partner nations in Central and South American countries, and several other international allies, Operation Martillo has resulted in the seizure of more than 197 metric tons of cocaine, 35,000 lbs. of marijuana, $7.4 million in cash, 140 vessels and aircraft, and 440 arrests. U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Charles D. Michel, relinquished Command to U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Steve Mehling, in a Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) change of command ceremony at The Tennessee Williams Theatre, Key West, Florida, on June 14. U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Joseph D. Kernan, Deputy Commander of United States Southern Command, presided at the ceremony. Rear Adm. Mehling holds a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in Mathematics from the Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science degree in Management from the University of Maryland. JIATF-S is just one of three primary U.S. Centers responsible for detection, monitoring, tracking, and hand-off of suspect drug trafficking and illicit air and maritime trafficking events to law enforcement agencies and regional partner nations. Rear Adm. Michel was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal and recognized for his superb leadership and operational acumen that improved partner nation relationships and increased support to the interdiction of illicit drug trafficking. Rear Adm. Michel recognized the JIATF-S staff for their commitment, “Through their exceptional performance and dedication, the entire JIATF-S team has positively affected cooperation with our international partners, improved conditions throughout the region, and made it increasingly difficult for illicit drugs to reach American soil.” Rear Adm. Michel’s awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Coast Guard Letter of Commendation Ribbon, and the Colombian “Distinguished Service to the Colombian Navy” Medal. Rear Adm. Michel was the American Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year for the Coast Guard in 1995, the Judge Advocate’s Association Career Armed Services Attorney of the Year for the Coast Guard in 2000, and is currently a member of the Florida Bar. By Dialogo June 17, 2013
Photo © Tipperary GAA Cathal Barrett is to return to the Tipperary hurling squad for the new season.The All Star defender was released from the squad last May for disciplinary reasons – however following recent talks with the Tipp management team he is set to rejoin as preparations begin for 2018.Meanwhile Tipp’s John O’Keefe has announced his retirement from the inter-county scene – the Clonoulty Rossmore man has won Senior and Minor All Ireland’s with Tipp.