Check out our new podcast hosted by Collier County Democratic Party Vice Chairman Jeff Spencer.
On our inaugural episode of the Collier Democratic Roundup, Jeff talks with Gary West. Gary is a former deputy director of HIV / AIDS Prevention at CDC where he worked in a variety of positions over a 35-year career. He is also the former Senior Vice-President in charge of Research at Family Health International.
In retirement, Gary has been giving lectures at U.N.C. Chapel Hill and Duke Universities where he speaks about his broad career in public health and his work on HIV / AIDS, smallpox, influenza, and other infectious diseases.
In part 1, we talk about Gary’s views on the COVID crisis, the difficulties in testing, how we should view the W.H.O. and the C.D.C., and how America handled the early stages of the pandemic. Also on the podcast is our panel discussion where our panel discusses the reduction in global emissions as a result of the Coronavirus shutdowns and how governments may react to the economic effect with cuts to environmental regulations.
We discuss the opinion piece written by Vice-President Biden in late January and how it provides a stark contrast in foresight between President Trump and his Democratic opponent. And we discuss the latest evidence of how the Republican party plans to defend the President’s handling of the Coronavirus Pandemic. Also we have news and information on whats going on in the local party and how you can get involved to help elect Democrats in November.
Why are we doing this?
It’s tough to get progressive news in our community. As we recently saw with WINK news’s decision to have a debate with all the Republican Candidates where they stated that one of these candidates will replace Francis Rooney in Congress. Never mind that there are also two Democrats running. Democratic candidates and progressive ideas are often ignored by the media here locally.
Voters deserve to hear all the candidates and all of the viewpoints and to make a decision on which they believe would best serve the needs of their community. We need to get our message out to voters somehow and with the technology available today we can do that.
We also want to keep Democrats aware of all the things that are going on in the party and how they can get involved. This is an additional way to let Collier Democrats known what we are doing to affect change in Collier County.