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Officials survey Greensburg devastation


Here are today's headlines from the Kansas congressional delegation:Greensburg[(National Review commentary) Blown Away?][1] By the next day, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts and the state's two Republican congressmen, Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt, were on the ground. The media were, too; the Wichita Eagle's reporters started a blog to keep up with events. By lunchtime Saturday, the story was everywhere. I saw my first video coverage on French television. By Sunday morning President Bush was releasing federal emergency aid to the region. The state's governor, Kathleen Sebelius, arrived Sunday evening to take a look around and offer consolation to the town's residents, many of whom were housed ten miles from where Greensburg had been, in the gym of the high school in little town called Haviland. The refugees nearly doubled the town's population, which is normally around 600. By the time you read this Monday morning, Sen. Sam Brownback will be in the area, no doubt echoing what Bush had told reporters in Washington for whom the tornado in Greensburg was as remote as one of those planet-sized storms on the surface of Jupiter: "There's a certain spirit in the midwest of our country, a pioneer spirit that still exists, and I'm confident this community will be rebuilt."[(AFP) Bush vows to help rebuild tornado-hit Kansas town:][2] "It is no understatement or overstatement to say that this town has been wiped off the face of the earth," Senator Pat Roberts, who toured the area on ground and from the air with other Kansas lawmakers, told CNN. "This is just as bad as it gets."[(Topeka Capital-Journal) Moran says FEMA ready to help town:][3] Dramatic, breathtaking and widespread. That is how Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., described the destruction of Greensburg on Saturday after a tornado decimated the southwest Kansas town Friday night. Moran represents Kansas' 1st Congressional District, which includes Kiowa County, where Greensburg is the county seat. He was joined on the ground by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and fellow Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., whose district includes Wichita. Moran arrived in Greensburg on Saturday morning and walked the streets to find an uninhabitable, eerie scene. "Except for law enforcement and emergency personnel, the town is deserted," he said. "It's a very disturbing picture." Rep. Nancy Boyda (D) ![][4][(Topeka Capital-Journal) Cardinal moves Adams equipment to Mexico:][5] About 25 people protested Friday as Cardinal Brands moved equipment and jobs from its Adams Business Forms plant in Topeka to Mexico. The protesters weren't visible to most downtown motorists because they were located on the north side of Adams Business Forms on S.W. 2nd Street between S.W. Jackson and S. Kansas Avenue. Protesters watched as the company moved equipment out of a north wall. ... Second District Rep. Nancy Boyda, D-Kan., said she couldn't blame Cardinal Brands for sending jobs to Mexico. She said the United States and Mexico need common labor safety standards to create a level playing field.Rep. Jerry Moran (R) ![][6][(49abcnews.com) Moran fighting ID issuance plan:][7] Driving hours away from home just to get a driver's license. That's what Congressman Jerry Moran says could be in the future, and he wants to keep that from happening. The Department of Homeland Security was considering plans to change the rules regarding who can and cannot issue driver's licenses and state IDs. Moran stood next to several boxes of petitions signed by more than 81,000 Kansans opposing the measure. He plans to take those signatures with him back to Washington DC.Etc.[(KC Star) Science lessons squeezed by NCLB focus on reading, math:][8] In their quest to meet the math and reading targets of No Child Left Behind, some elementary teachers say they're finding that they have to leave science behind. And that worries experts who say science was getting short shrift in grade school - the very time when children are most likely to get excited about the subject - even before the federal law intensified the focus on math and reading. "If kids don't have good experiences with a subject early on, when it becomes elective they won't choose it," said Iris Weiss, president of Horizon Research, a Chapel Hill, N.C.-based firm that consults on science and math education. The concerns come as No Child Left Behind is due to be reauthorized. U.S. Reps. Dennis Moore, a Democrat representing Kansas' 3rd District, and Jerry Moran, a Republican from the state's 1st District, will have a news conference today to report what they have heard from constituents about the federal law. [1]: http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MzQ5MTEzMzI4NTY0NThmYTdiMjZmOTMyYWZmYjZkZTE= [2]: http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=147770&version=1&template_id=43&parent_id=19 [3]: http://cjonline.com/stories/050607/kan_167997202.shtml [4]: http://ljworld.com/specials/election04/primary/boyda.jpg [5]: http://www.cjonline.com/stories/050507/bus_167775168.shtml [6]: http://ljworld.com/specials/kudole/bios/art/moran.jpg [7]: http://www.49abcnews.com/news/2007/may/04/moran_fighting_id_issuance_plan/ [8]: http://www.kansascity.com/105/story/96934.html


bearded_gnome 10 years, 8 months ago

very very sad depravity by governor sebelius to say didn't have enough guardsmen because of the war in iraq!!! not the time for making antiwar statement. further, there were plenty of guard. finally, her own party is contributing to the personnel issues of the guard generally by micromanaging the iraq war and holding up funding; her party, the democrats, is causing the equipment shortage of the guard to worsen by that micromanagement too. she complained there wasn't enough equipment for the guard, which is probably true. however the dems withholding funding for their micromanagement are stopping funding for reequipping guard units and for repairing their equipment. that money also included money to support personnell for full-time and guard personnel.

can we say h y p o c r i s y? just for a national stroke session she makes this dig! depravity.

Tychoman 10 years, 8 months ago

gnome where does it say that Sebelius mentioned guardsmen and the idiocy in Iraq?

Jackalope 10 years, 8 months ago

She had made these statements. On CNN this morning for one source. However way you may feel about her, it is a fact. 40 to 50% of Kansas National Guard equipment is in Iraq. This was a concern last winter's storms and she so stated then. The National Guard has so many missions that it is difficult to keep up with all the needs. The appropriation bill fiasco recently experienced in D.C. had nothing to do with equipment for National Guard Units in country. Is Bearded-gnome full of it. That has also been said before, but......

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 years, 8 months ago

Oh course then there were 4 soldiers arrested for looting stores of cigerettes and liquor. Apparently they were from Fort Riley and not assigned to help. The police let them wander, thinking they were there to help. I hope they get a dishonorable discharge. We don't need people like that in the military.

grimpeur 10 years, 8 months ago

From the article: ... Gov. Sebelius, a Democrat, told CNN the use of so many National Guard troops and resources in Iraq is slowing Kansas' efforts to recover.

"States all over the country are not only missing personnel -- National Guard troops are about 40 percent of the troops on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan -- but we're missing the equipment," she said. "When the troops get deployed, the equipment goes with them. So here in Kansas about 50 percent of our trucks are gone. We need trucks. We are missing humvees, we're missing all kinds of equipment that could help us respond in this kind of emergency."

The governor said city and county trucks were destroyed in the region. "National Guard are our first responders. They don't have the equipment they need to come in, and it'll just make it that much slower."

The National Guard has said for years that it is short of equipment at home due to deployments to Iraq.

"Of course I agree with the governor," Bunting told CNN. "We have limited resources. So if we had another big storm right now we'd be hard-pressed to cover that." ...

I don't see the problem with Sebelius's statement. It happens to be the precise reason that the Guard is unable to provide a more robust response. If anything, CNN's choice to use the nonrestrictive clause identifying her as a Democrat will make it seem as though the only reason she made her remark is to make an anti-war statement, in turn feeding the political fire for the OP here, who apparently think the governor should make up a reason for the Guard's current state of unreadiness. This wish for some sunshine up the skirt might explain the OP's obvious and utter disconnect from the facts on the ground here, in DC, and in Iraq.

In fact, of course, the very real effects of the war have nothing to do with the party of the governor or the president. The facts--they are what they are. Anyone wishing to embarrass the president would find it difficult to excel the president's own accomplishments in that arena, and in any case would likely find more success trying to embarrass someone with a sense of decency, justice and perhaps even shame.

Confrontation 10 years, 8 months ago

So, would Kanye West declare in this case that "George Bush doesn't care about white people?"

blackwalnut 10 years, 8 months ago

Sibelius has been warning Kansans for some time that having most of the National Guard and its equipment in Iraq made us vulnerable for an emergency here.

Nancy Boyda has issued the same warning.

Now with Greensberg we get a taste of this reality.

And it could have been an even more widespread and devastating disaster.

Tychoman 10 years, 8 months ago

Ah I see where she stated that. Go Sebelius!

jablester 10 years, 8 months ago

Politics has nothing to do with the Governor's remarks.

Your President is a moron. He has wasted our limited resources.

Deal with it.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 8 months ago

okay, do I get an apology...waiting!

it has been published that the admin and pentagon says without the supplimental appropriation for iraq that guard equipment and guard equipment repair would be put on HOLD.

no real indication that there's a shortage of guardsmen, despite the handwringing. the equipment shortage, yes. but her own party is holding up the replacement/repair of guard equipment.

bush will visit greensburg. more bush derangement syndrome.

bearded_gnome 10 years, 8 months ago

good example from The Coffeyville Journal...lots of guardsmen, need more equipment. dems stop holding up the funding!

Local guard units off to aid in tornado recovery Joseph Thomas

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. - A number of Kansas National Guard soldiers from the 891st Engineering Battalion were assigned to assist in efforts at Greensburg, site of Friday's F-5 tornado that obliterated the town.

Members of the 891st were "called in for support of debris removal and to assist the families with debris removal," said Sharon Watson, director of public affairs for the Kansas National Guard.

Currently there are around 70 soldiers from the 891st in Greensburg, with an estimated 120 soldiers total.

The 891st arrived Monday morning "along with chainsaws and light engineering equipment to assist with debris removal."

Governor Kathleen Sebelius commented that a lack of heavy equipment would hamper clean up efforts going forward.

"The equipment has not been an issue before today," said Watson. "It has not hampered our search and rescue efforts."

Watson said clean up efforts will look for alternative sources of earth-moving equipment, such as private industry, to assist in coming days.

She believes that another estimated 150 soldiers will be brought to the area to help with recovery efforts. print this story

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