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YGL-LA : Finding Inspiration in Government Achievements
August 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm #167402
Earlier this week, I had the privilege of attending the official viewing party for the Curiosity Mars rover at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) – a federally funded research and development center and NASA field center – in La Cañada Flintridge. Each of us in attendance was on the edge of our seats as we waited for confirmation of Curiosity’s fate from the scientists in the Control Room and watched their reactions unfold. When touchdown was confirmed, the Control Room erupted with cheers and a nation’s imagination and interest in deep space exploration was (hopefully) reignited. It’s moments like these that make me especially proud of the accomplishments of the United States government and its potential to make positive change, create greater opportunity, and explore our universe.
With all the news of budget shortfalls, soaring deficits, fiscal mismanagement, and hyper-partisan debate over solutions, it can be difficult to find inspiration in the things that our government does well every day. However, it is critical to remember the great achievements of our teachers, scientists, law enforcement officers, and diplomats – all government employees – that make up the national fabric of our loftiest dreams and collective milestones. The Curiosity rover, overseen jointly by Caltech university and NASA, is just one example of national achievements made possible by visionary leadership and monetary support from our federal government.
I am curious to hear when we as a nation find hope and pride in the groundbreaking advancements our government and the innovative American people achieve together. What are some recent moments, historic or ordinary, that you have experienced, which remind you of the good work our public servants do every day?
August 7, 2012 at 6:10 pm #167414
I love thinking about the background, history, government agency and private institution involvement in our space programs locally here in Los Angeles! Working in government security regarding these programs, I have visited and worked in and around these programs to include JPL and the Los Angeles Air Force Base – Space and Missle Center. Building relationships along the way, you bet I’m cheering these accomplishments.
We always hear about problems in government through media channels and success stories seem far and few between. But they’re out there – let’s find them and celebrate! It’s what makes this country great.
August 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm #167412
I was lucky enough to see Curiosity at JPL when they were still building it. It’s successful landing is nothing short of amazing.
I love hearing Neal deGrasse Tyson talk about space, he’s always inspiring. Check out this video of an out-of-character Stephen Colbert interviewing Neal deGrasse Tyson
August 7, 2012 at 10:36 pm #167410
What an awesome video, Scott! Thanks for posting. Weeks like this, I am reminded of the great service provided by our public servants to execute the millions of moving parts necessary to pull off an awesome accomplishment like the Curiosity landing or putting a man on the moon.
August 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm #167408
I am a public works guy … I am inspired everyday when I drive down the road or over a bridge or turn on the tap and water comes out. The infrastructure (roads, bridges, water, sewer, etc) in this nation is amazing. Our built environment did not just happen, but it took thousands of hard-working americans many years to construct it. Wow!
I am also retired military – 28 years – and I am inspired when I see the young leaders, junior officers and NCOs, who are so dedicated and committed to serving the nation and the troops they lead. I served full-time in the Air National Guard, and I was always inspired by the traditional (weekend) members who willingly gave up 25% of their weekends for a pittance in order to serve their countrymen, and who have provided a major part of the deployed forces since 09/11/2001, setting aside home, family, and career.
Despite the bad rap in the press & public opinion about government employees, what I have generally observed is hard-working folks who are dedicated to their jobs and to public service. Everyday they are working to make good things happen.
What am I not inspired about is the political leaders of both parties … they may be smart, they may be committed to their ideals and vision, but I don’t see much in the way of results or integrity.
August 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm #167406
Karen “Kari” UhlmanParticipant
Hello, The County of Sacrmento, Department of Waste Management & Recycling won the 2012 Solid Waste Assoication of North America (SWANA) Gold Award for Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems. I have attached a copy if you’d like to peruse.
August 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm #167404
Karen “Kari” UhlmanParticipant
Hello, The County of Sacrmento, Department of Waste Management & Recycling won the 2012 Solid Waste Assoication of North America (SWANA) Gold Award for Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems.
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