The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 118, No. 21, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 22, 2008 Page: 3 of 36
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THE CANADIAN RECORD
THURSDAY 22 MAY 2□ □ B
By Ei Sterling
TEKAS PRESS ASSOWTION
AUSTIN—Records obtained via the Texas Public In-
formation Act reveal that :n the first 19 days following
the April 3 raid of the YFZ Ranch near Eldorado, the
state spent close to $7.5 million.
The Austin American-Statesman on May 16 report-
ed a breakdown of the expenditures, unaudited figures
obtained from the governor's office. Here are rounded
estimates of those unaudited costs:
•Department of Family and Protective Services: $2.2
million 'Health & Human Services Commission: $1 mil-
lion 'Department of Public Safety: $970,000 'Depart-
ment of State Health Services: $930,000 'Other state
agencies: $192,000 'Volunteer groups: $60,000 'Ven-
dors: $1.2 million 'City/county governments: $944,000.
Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House
Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, authorized state
agencies to spend money from their2009 budgets to fund
the YFZ operation. State agencies entered the polyga-
mist sect's 1,700-acre ranch compound on April 3 and
removed more than 400 children who resided with their
parents there. On May 19, state district courts in San
Angelo will begin to conduct hearings for YFZ families
who wish to retrieve their children from foster care. In
other news, a ranch woman first thought to be an under-
aged mother has since been dentified as 22 years old.
She gave birth to a healthy baby boy n a San Marcos
hospital in late April.
Wilson sounds NASDAQ ; bell
Part of Texas Secretary of State Phil Wilson's job is
to drum up business for the Lone Star State. Wilson and
a delegation of Texas companies, chambers of commerce
and economic development groups recently traveled to
New York, NY., to do just that. And, on May 14, Wilson
was given the honor of presiding over the closing bell cer-
emony of the NASDAQ stock market.
There are more than 160 Texas-based companies
listed on the NASDAQ exchange with a total market
value of nearly $120 billion, Wilson's office stated. "Over
the past several years, Texas has received numerous
accolades as the top state n the nation to do business,"
Wilson said. "As the rest of the U.S. experiences an eco-
nomic slowdown, Texas' economy continues to outpace
the rest of the nation."
Fewer Texans in ranks of obless
On May 16, the Texas Workforce Commission re-
ported the April statewide seasonally adjusted unem-
ployment rate fell to 4.1 percent, down from 4.3 percent
in March and 4.4 percent in April 2007. The 4.1 percent
rate n Texas remains far below the U.S. unemployment
rate of 5 percent. Another statistic: Texas' seasonally ad-
justed nonagricultural employment grew by 15,400 jobs
in April. "Texas continues to outpace national trends
with its record low unemployment rate," said Tex-
as Workforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken.
"Texas employers now have added 262,000 jobs n the
past 12 months."
Support the relief efforts
THERE ARE NUMEROUS CHARITIES responding to the Myanmar cyclone and the
7.9 magnitude earthquake in China. Those wanting to help may have a difficult
time choosing where to send their donations. Charity Navigator at www.charity-
navigator.org is an independent charity evaluator working to advance a more ef-
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of over 5,300 of American's largest charities. Tips for donors, Top Ten Lists, blogs
and analyses of financial records are all available at that site.
In China, 4-star rated charities Direct Relief International, Mercy Corps and
United Methodist Committee on Relief are working with partner agencies in Chi-
na to coordinate relief efforts such as providing financial support, staff and medi-
cal supplies. Latest reports are estimating the death toll at 12,000 with tens of
thousands missing and presumably still buried under the rubble in Sichuan Prov-
Chinese Children Charities/CCAI has established Earthquake Relief fund
(ERF) to help orphanages purchase tents, food, diapers, medicine, clothes and
post-quake building repairs and construction.. Chinese Children Charities is a
501(c)(3) charitable organization. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible con-
tribution will go to help Chinese orphans. For more information point your brows-
er to www.chinesechildren.org. Donations may also be mailed to 6920 South Holly
Circle, Centennial, CO 80112, phone (303)850-9998. Mark your checks "ERF."
In Myanmar (also known as Burma), the devastating May 2 cyclone has left at
least 22,000 dead and some estimates predict that the final death toll could exceed
100,000. The storm has left upwards of one million people homeless.
Myanmar cyclone aid has been hampered by the country's government but
relief is beginning to trickle into the area. After careful scrutiny of their finan-
cial statements and practices, Charity Navigator recommends these 4-star rated
charities among others: CARE, Doctors Without Borders-USA and Habitat For
As always, the American Red Cross is ready when disasters strike. Their web-
site at www.redcross.org is a valuable resource for those wanting to help.
Charity Navigator recommends that savvy donors follow these practices when
giving: be proactive-don't give reactively in a knee-jerk reaction responding to
the first organization that makes an appeal. Identify causes important to the indi
vidual giver. Hang up the phone when for-profit fund-raisers call, they retain large
percentages of the money raised in phone campaigns. Give directly to charities. Be
careful of sound-alike names. Children's Charity Fund and the Children's Defense
Fund sound the same, but their performances are vastly different. Children's De-
fense Fund is a 4-star charity; Children's Charity Fund is a 0-star charity.
Confirming tax-exempt status is essential. The Internal Revenue website
www.irs.gov can help with that. Only those charities with 501(c)(3) status provide
givers with a tax deduction for contributions; other organizations may be tax-ex-
empt without the (c)(3) tax deductible status. Donor privacy is another issue to in-
vestigate. Will the charity sell your name and address? Is the organization finan-
cially stable and therefore sustainable?
It's not easy or uncomplicated to give responsibly, but n the end it is worth it.
cility in Canadian, Texas. I don't know wheth-
er my mother will live to see it built. I don't
know whether I will.
Had such a facility already been built, I do
not know if my mother would choose to live
there. If she had, I doubt that it would have
changed the fact that she fell late Monday
evening and broke her collar bone—any more
than it would have altered the certainty that,
after resting uncomfortably n respite care
for a day, she is champing at the bit to be back
behind her newspaper desk.
I do know that there are many aging citi-
zens in and around Canadian who have giv-
en their lives to the community, who have
watched and guided others of us as we grew,
and who have done what could be done to
make this a home town in which we can live
and thrive in safety.
I know we owe them. I have no doubt we
owe them a chance to continue living in this
place they call home. And I know we have the
opportunity to do so, by contributing to the
assisted living center building fund, which
was given a $4 million leg up recently by the
First Presbyterian Church congregation.
Make your tax-deductible contributions
today to: Hemphill County Association, PO
Box 1122, Canadian, TX 79014.
And Mom, you still climb mountains.
err. iaa6 ")
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Brown, Laurie Ezzell. The Canadian Record (Canadian, Tex.), Vol. 118, No. 21, Ed. 1 Thursday, May 22, 2008, newspaper, May 22, 2008; Canadian, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth252705/m1/3/: accessed September 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hemphill County Library.