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Federal Aid
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 • Posted April 24, 2013

Editor:

Oh the hypocrisy. After voting against federal aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Senators Cruz and Cornyn along with Representative Flores are leading the charge for federal aid for the West victims. Why does Texas keep sending such hypocrites to Congress? The ones we should really send to Congress are the first responders to such tragedies. They have shown time and time again, their selflessness and their care for their fellow citizens. Our first responders have also shown their care by going to disaster after disaster outside Texas.

Why can't we have representative that understand that the people's safety and well being comes before corporations. The more I learn about this fertilizer plant, the more I'm frustrated by the lack of oversight. This owners of the plant repeatedly flaunted rules and regulations. Last year the plant kept 540,000 tons of potentially explosive fertilizer in its storage building according to a company filing with the state health department. That's more than 100 times the weight of the ammonium nitrate and fuel oil mix that Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh used to destroy the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. That's over 1,350 times the amount of ammonium nitrate that would normally trigger safety oversight by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (due to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Act).. But the owners of the plant along with the State of Texas didn't bother to notify DHS and now we see the results.

It's not unreasonable for the victims of West to ask for federal aid and it was not unreasonable for the victims of Sandy to ask for the same aid. We Texans have big hearts. So why do we keep electing heartless, power hungry, lobbyist loving people as our representatives? Texas deserves better than that.

Julie Alford

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