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Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company donate $2,500 to Pettus-Tuleta VFD, $60K to others
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Larry Van Horn, vice president of operations for Koch Pipeline Company, made several check presentations recently to area fire departments, including the Pettus-Tuleta Volunteer Fire Department, Pawnee VFD, Normanna VFD, Tynan VFD, Skidmore VFD and Beeville VFD
Larry Van Horn, vice president of operations for Koch Pipeline Company, made several check presentations recently to area fire departments, including the Pettus-Tuleta Volunteer Fire Department, Pawnee VFD, Normanna VFD, Tynan VFD, Skidmore VFD and Beeville VFD
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Larry Van Horn, vice president of operations for Koch Pipeline Company, made several check presentations recently to area fire departments, including the Pettus-Tuleta Volunteer Fire Department, Pawnee VFD, Normanna VFD, Tynan VFD, Skidmore VFD and Beeville VFD
Larry Van Horn, vice president of operations for Koch Pipeline Company, made several check presentations recently to area fire departments, including the Pettus-Tuleta Volunteer Fire Department, Pawnee VFD, Normanna VFD, Tynan VFD, Skidmore VFD and Beeville VFD
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Larry Van Horn, vice president of operations for Koch Pipeline Company, made several check presentations recently to area fire departments, including the Pettus-Tuleta Volunteer Fire Department, Pawnee VFD, Normanna VFD, Tynan VFD, Skidmore VFD and Beeville VFD
Larry Van Horn, vice president of operations for Koch Pipeline Company, made several check presentations recently to area fire departments, including the Pettus-Tuleta Volunteer Fire Department, Pawnee VFD, Normanna VFD, Tynan VFD, Skidmore VFD and Beeville VFD
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Larry Van Horn, vice president of operations for Koch Pipeline Company, made several check presentations recently to area fire departments, including the Pettus-Tuleta Volunteer Fire Department, Pawnee VFD, Normanna VFD, Tynan VFD, Skidmore VFD and Beeville VFD
Larry Van Horn, vice president of operations for Koch Pipeline Company, made several check presentations recently to area fire departments, including the Pettus-Tuleta Volunteer Fire Department, Pawnee VFD, Normanna VFD, Tynan VFD, Skidmore VFD and Beeville VFD
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Larry Van Horn, vice president of operations for Koch Pipeline Company, made several check presentations recently to area fire departments, including the Pettus-Tuleta Volunteer Fire Department, Pawnee VFD, Normanna VFD, Tynan VFD, Skidmore VFD and Beeville VFD
Larry Van Horn, vice president of operations for Koch Pipeline Company, made several check presentations recently to area fire departments, including the Pettus-Tuleta Volunteer Fire Department, Pawnee VFD, Normanna VFD, Tynan VFD, Skidmore VFD and Beeville VFD
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CORPUS CHRISTI – The Pettus-Tuleta, Pawnee, Normanna, Papalote, Skidmore, Tynan and Beeville volunteer fire departments were among the 32 South Texas organizations who received approximately $60,000 – with checks ranging from $250 to $31,900 – from Flint Hills Resources and Koch Pipeline Company, L.P.

The companies honored the work of local volunteer fire departments with a special check presentation on Tuesday, July 2, at the Koch Pipeline Company office building on IH-37.

“Koch companies appreciate the dedication and bravery of volunteer firefighters and first responders. Their service to America’s small towns and rural communities – many of which are home to a Koch company – is vital. They lay their lives on the line to keep their communities safe, and we are proud to offer our thanks and support in return,” said Jim Mahoney, executive vice president of operations excellence and compliance for Koch Industries.

This week’s contributions are part of ongoing support from subsidiaries of Koch Industries, Inc. to emergency response organizations across the U.S., many of which rely on contributions to provide services. Koch companies plan to contribute nearly $270,000 in 2013 to volunteer fire departments and local emergency responders in communities where the companies operate.
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DifferentView2
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July 23, 2013
Lase,

Well, it was nice that K o c h made a donation for which they will also receive a tax deduction so that they can safeguard their financial interests. As far as that $60,000 is concerned--well maybe the following article will provide some insight behind their flawed thinking:

Charles K o c h Foundation: An Income Of $34,000 Puts You In The Wealthiest 1 Percent

If you earn $34,000, that puts you in the wealthiest 1 percent of the world, according to the Charles K o c h Foundation. That's one of many assertions made in a new ad that attempts to undermine government policies that protect low- and middle-income Americans.

Of course, earning $34,000 in the U.S. won't get you very far in most parts of the country. The Economic Policy Institute estimates that a family of three needs an income of at least $44,617 a year to cover basic living expenses in the cheapest parts of the country. In Wichita, Kansas, where the commercial is currently being aired, according to Think Progress, a family of three would need to make $53,721 to get by. That's far more than $30,000 a year that two parents earning minimum wage would make.

Minimum wage is one policy that billionaire Charles K o c h would like to see eliminated. In a recent interview with the Wichita Eagle, Charles K o c h described the federal minimum wage as one of the policies that “creating a culture of dependency” and added that it “reduces the mobility of labor.”

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/11/k o c h-brothers-commercial_n_3581017.html

Obviously, the K o c h s have no clue as to what type of income is necessary for sustenance, yet alone the income necessary for a family to be able to thrive and enjoy some of the nicer things in life. They certainly don't care whether people will be able to afford things like a vacation every three or four years, or providing income to send a child to college.

I'm certain that the VFDs will appreciate the financial assistance and will most likely use the money in a wise manner. However, a simple cost-benefit analysis will reveal that the primary beneficiary of this donation is the K o c h family themselves.

laselva
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July 23, 2013
What a generous donation, and I'm not complaining, I'm just...I'm complaining. The amount of money these greedy companies scrape out of Texas and other parts of the world, and they can only come up with, how much was that? $60,000? I guess the multi-billionaires don't think the rest of us can't count very high. Of course, beggars shoudn't be whatever and every penny counts, so let's not bite the hand that feeds us, blah, blah, blah.

Let's see here, how much is a billion anyway?

A billion minutes ago, Jesus was alive. A billion hours ago, we were living in the stone age (If you believe the earth is over 6,000 years old.)

So, $60,000 to the multi-billionaire is much like me and you, with our $100,000 estate, giving some poor guy a $10.

We'll take it!
feelark
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July 23, 2013
Mere chicken feed to protect their interests, but at least the VFD's got a little something out of the deal.