Platte County commissioners Ron Schieber, Dagmar Wood and John Elliott have given federal CARES dollars in these amounts to:
*$226,540 to a cruise vacation company known as Cruise Holidays, owned by Mark and Mimi Comfort.
*$78,155 to an immigration law firm, Martinez Immigrant Law LLC, which is owned by the Comforts daughter, Andrea Comfort Martinez. So more than $300,000 has been awarded to members of the same family.
$44,386 to a tattoo removal firm, Undo Skincare, owned by Platte County Auditor Kevin Robinson.
*$0 to the Platte County Health Department, which is guiding the local public health fight during a global pandemic and dipping into its reserve fund in order to be able to offer free COVID-19 testing.
I guess in the year 2020 we are supposed to assume this is okay. This is embarrassing for Platte County.
Note: The next CARES grant giveaway session agenda for the county commissioners is scheduled to include a $20,167 grant award to the Southern Platte County Athletic Association (Northland Sports Alliance).
Stephanie Schieber, wife of presiding county commissioner Ron Schieber, is director of the Southern Platte County Athletic Association.
A complete list of businesses/groups seeking money from the county commissioners via federal CARES dollars can be found on pages A-6 and A-7 of this issue. Again, youll notice some interesting names and interesting dollar amounts, including some requests for as much as $1.5 million to $1.8 million.
The feds had the PPP, aka the Paycheck Protection Program.
Platte Countys program has picked up a nickname in the community. Its being referred to as the CPP, aka the Crony Payment Plan.
Does anybody know if the FBI is busy these days? Just wondering if any federal agents have ever considered dropping in at the Platte County Administration Building for a cordial visit. Maybe stay long enough to play a game of connect the dots or something.
About a year ago, the FBI paid a visit to Parkville City Hall. The only reason we know this is that Parkville Mayor Nan Johnston briefly mentioned it in an internal email that has since been captured in a Sunshine request. More coming on this in a future episode of Love Notes From Nan at plattecountylandmark.com.
The Park Hill School District this week confirmed it had a number of COVID-19 cases during the summer, so we can stop pretending we didnt know.
And a few of the folks connected with the school can now stop with the non-denial denials, which should be a stress reliever to them. The wordplay had to be getting exhausting.
But, hey, we politely played along with the nothing to see here game from school officials, even when Park Hill parents were sending us photos of letters from the school telling them: Today we found out that someone who was around your child might have COVID-19.
And please, no more of the disingenuous we cant tell you due to medical privacy laws, blah blah blah. Its a smokescreen, so dont let them blow that in your face. The public doesnt want, need or expect names and social security numbers, but the public does deserveand the schools can legally releasesome basic information such as the numbers it finally released and can provide honest transparency about the presence of COVID-19 in the schools.
Anyway, somebody at Park Hill worked pretty hard to try to keep it all on the down low during summer school. I guess the logic being that if you dont talk about it, maybe it didnt really happen. Which makes as much sense as the Trump line: If we didnt test so much we would have fewer cases.
Scott Monsees was probably pleased with the way the Park Hill cases stayed quiet for most of the summer, and is probably not as happy that the school has now revealed the numbers. Monsees, for those who may not know, is the Park Hill School Board member who during the course of a recent school board meeting described himself as triggered when the superintendent brought up the option of a hybrid school week (two days in person, two days virtual). Monsees since May has been making a very public personal campaign for in-person school. While I admire Triggers enthusiasm in his elected position and his passion for education, there comes a time when you have to measure risk vs. reward and accept the science as real. This is no time to go full Dagmar Wood. Everyone agrees with his premise, which is that face-to-face school is a better quality educational experience than virtual. But the health and safety of students and staff should always be priority one. If the virus numbers in the community are low enough to allow in-person classes, go for it. If not, hold your trigger.
Applying vocal pressure for in-person school is admirable unless the numbers blow up and the domino effect takes place among students and staff in school facilities. Then youd have a messy situation on your hands. Nobody, and no school district, will want to be that guy.
Its a tough time to be the parent of school-aged children right now. I dont envy those of you who are dealing with the uncertainty. Hang in there. Fortunately, I feel confident Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Cowherd gets it, so thats where I would keep my ears tuned for quality guidance on this topic if I were a Park Hill parent. More Cowherd, less Monsees.
Regular readers know I dont often come here to sing the praises of school superintendents. So feel free to highlight that last paragraph, cut it out and hang it on your fridge. Just a thought, not a requirement.
(Get less talk and more action from Foley on Landmark Live and at plattecountylandmark.com)
The rest is here:
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- Palm Beach County Teacher of the Year brings together lessons of Holocaust, racism - Palm Beach Post - April 5th, 2021
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- Gangland: a book about meth and the people whose lives it touches - The Spinoff - February 17th, 2021
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- Welcome to the Gross Room - INKED - February 13th, 2021
- Walter Suza: A city along the Mississippi seeks to defeat hate - Ames Tribune - February 6th, 2021
- Best of Jackson 2021: Community and Culture - Jackson Free Press - February 4th, 2021
- Eat my fear: Australian of the Year Grace Tame on surviving child sex abuse - Sydney Morning Herald - January 25th, 2021
- HIPAA Certification Online: Why Is It Worth It? - South Florida Caribbean News - January 24th, 2021
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- 20 touching photos from the Flint area in 2020 - MLive.com - December 28th, 2020
- What are the 'Tier 4' restrictions and will Harrogate be hit with tougher New Year Covid regulations? - Harrogate Advertiser - December 28th, 2020
- WHAT YOU CAN AND CANNOT DO FROM TODAY UNDER TIER 3 RESTRICTIONS - Island Echo - December 27th, 2020
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- Fusing the Flavors of the World - INKED - December 25th, 2020
- University of East Anglia, UK announces Sonny Mehta India Scholarship for budding Indian writers - India Education Diary - December 16th, 2020
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- Fun and Games this Holiday Season -- Gift Giving for Kids! - WISHTV.com - December 7th, 2020
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- Through Positive Eyes: living with HIV and Aids - a photo essay - The Guardian - December 1st, 2020
- DepEd admits error in a module that says people with tattoo are criminals - Manila Bulletin - November 20th, 2020
- The Japanese Pilgrimage Where Horimono Tattoos Are Revered - VICE - November 18th, 2020
- Educator of the Week: Jeff Bergman - Racine County Eye - November 18th, 2020
- Jacob Free: 5 things to know about the Troy University football quarterback - Montgomery Advertiser - November 18th, 2020
- Even as traditional globalisation has slowed, a new kind has sped up - The Economist - November 5th, 2020
- California voters reject affirmative action ballot measure - Education Week - November 5th, 2020
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- Europes Locked Down, but Schools Are Open - The New York Times - October 31st, 2020
- Seances, tattoos and the unbreakable bond between Mikaela Mayer and Al Mitchell - ESPN - October 31st, 2020
- Tier 4 lockdown: what would the rules be, and what UK areas could be affected? - The Telegraph - October 31st, 2020
- What can we do as the county stays in the purple tier? - Sonoma West - October 28th, 2020
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- QAnon-linked Save the Children movement is derailing local anti-trafficking organizations - The Arizona Republic - October 19th, 2020
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- V,I, Council on the Arts celebrated Arts and Humanities Month - Virgin Islands Daily News - October 9th, 2020
- Family of late Holy Cross rower Grace Rett speaks out, working to build a gym in her honor - Boston Herald - October 8th, 2020
- Meet the MBA Class of 2022: Jordan Hunt, Cornell University (Johnson) - Poets&Quants - October 8th, 2020
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- Anderson Luna Is Here To Make Tattooing Accessible To Other People Of Color - HuffPost - September 30th, 2020
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- Andrea Bolender Outlines Goals Of The Holocaust Memorial And Tolerance Center - Great Neck Record - September 18th, 2020
- Megan Connolly's winding career path a lesson in trust and faith - both on and off the field - Independent.ie - September 16th, 2020
- In Illinois, new survey finds 15% of millennials, Generation Z believe the Holocaust is a myth and did not h - Chicago Sun-Times - September 16th, 2020
- A look at how Trump's pointed rhetoric binds him to his tribe and it to him - Harvard Gazette - September 16th, 2020
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- The Black Lives Matter Movement Will Change the Future of Tattooing - Yahoo Lifestyle - September 11th, 2020
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- In April, this educator lost her mother to COVID. Now NYC wants her to go back to work. - ABC News - August 22nd, 2020
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