Friday, September 16, 2005

Politics sullies disaster aid Editorials: "A mix-up has sullied an otherwise admirable effort on the part of Texas officials to help Hurricane Katrina survivors.

Gov. Rick Perry called up the Texas State Guard to aid the disaster relief, but officials forgot an important part of the equation — the pay for the units.

The Guard members have been working since Aug. 28 without pay, although it is not clear where the error originated.

Both Perry and Carole Keeton Strayhorn, the state comptroller, say the pay issue will be resolved, an issue that would affect the 110 members serving at KellyUSA.

While officials figure out how the bureaucracy failed the Guard, the issue illustrates a more disturbing trend — the willingness to exploit the disaster for political gain."


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