James B. Hunt Jr., Governor
Buck Lattimore, Chairman

Bernadine S. Ballance, Commissioner
Thomas J. Bolch, Commissioner
Laura K. Mavretic, Commissioner
Renée C. Riggsbee, Commissioner
Christopher Scott, Commissioner
Dianne C. Sellers, Commissioner

North Carolina
Industrial Commission


TO:  Oath of Office Ceremony
Old House of Representatives Chamber
State Capitol
FROM: Buck Lattimore
Chairman, N.C. Industrial Commission
DATE: September 6, 2000
SUBJECT: Comments in Memory of Alan Miles

This occasion has been saddened by the untimely loss of Alan Miles. Alan was a dear friend and as a member of the Industrial Commission’s Advisory Council, a trusted and valued advisor for our agency. As a lawyer and lobbyist, he worked quietly and effectively to bring about the change in which he believed. He, along with others, played a major role in the re-write of the workers’ compensation laws in l994.

His loss, in his prime at age 40, is compounded as we see the grief and pain that his wife Renée, one of our Commissioners and our dear friend, is forced to bear. Renée’s loss is our loss. Renée’s pain is our pain. Renée’s feeling of emptiness is our feeling of emptiness.

Words cannot adequately express our inner most feelings at such a time. We have all said our prayers and reached out to Renée in her time of need.

The Eighteenth Psalm teaches "It is God who arms me with strength." We need strength at a time such as this. And God promises to give us strength to meet any challenge. But God does not promise to eliminate challenges. If he gave us no rough roads, no mountains to climb, no battles to fight, we would not grow.

God does not leave us alone with our challenges. He stands beside us, teaches us, and strengthens us to face them.

Today, we ask for the strength to meet the challenge of life and especially ask for God’s gift of strength to Renée.

Please join me in a moment of silence for Alan Miles and Renée.

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