August 27, 2012 |
TAMPA, Fla. -- The small-government ideals that have defined the GOP as the party opens its convention here are running into the big-government needs brought on by Tropical Storm Isaac. One Republican, Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, called on President Obama on Monday to issue a disaster declaration, unleashing the federal aid that follows, as the hurricane churned toward the Gulf Coast. "State and local governments need every tool and resource available to respond to this rapidly approaching hurricane,” Vitter said in a statement.
September 3, 2011
Parks and Coke Re " Coke contest could save beach ," Aug. 29, and "Park won't close for two months," Aug. 31 First of all, one clap to Coca-Cola for spreading its pocket change in a somewhat positive direction with this program. My question is: Why set up a contest that begs to be exploited with "vote as many times as you can"? Oak Park, in Minot, N.D., is leading the contest to win $100,000. Minot's population is about 40,000; the park has almost 3 million votes.
September 1, 2011
Redwood fans Re " A tale of grape vs. redwood ," Aug. 25 If you ever wished for a sneak peek into a businessperson's understanding of environmental issues, look no further than these two quotes from the article. (Be warned, some viewers may find the content disturbing.): "This is not a plan to build a mall. They're talking about growing grapes. " And then the real humdinger: "These forests can be cleared and preserved at the same time. " A visit to a dictionary is in order; first up, "ecosystem," followed by "monoculture.
September 7, 2011 |
With federal disaster aid about to run out, the Democratic-led Senate will seek to advance a $6-billion package for victims of Hurricane Irene and other recent disasters, despite GOP opposition to providing emergency assistance unless it is paid for with spending cuts elsewhere. The Senate action would replenish depleted accounts at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has begun prioritizing aid. But the move escalates a confrontation with House Republicans, whose leaders have resisted allocating more money for emergency aid without comparable offsets elsewhere in the budget.
February 19, 1994 |
President Clinton announced Friday that seven counties in Mississippi will be eligible for federal disaster relief aid because of a severe ice storm that hit the state last week.
June 3, 1985 |
President Reagan today declared a major disaster for Pennsylvania as a result of the extensive tornado damage last Friday.