In the words of Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), "not everyone is out to make a buck any way they can," even from the deep pockets of Uncle Sam.
In a statement placed yesterday in the Congressional Record, Warner reported that many Virginia victims of last November's floods who received federal disaster assistance are refusing any windfall profits from the event.
Instead, they are sending back the difference between the amount of the government check and the actual cost of repairs. Warner cited a sampling of 17 instances culled from the files of the regional office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Roanoke.
For example, here's Miller Crush of Covington, who got a FEMA check for $472.50: "I am sending back $112.03 for replacing of electric part. I receive $472.50 from FEMA only use $360.47."
From an unidentified Harrisonburg woman: "Enclosed is check for $465.35 for allowed funds not used for water damage to my basement. Thank you for the courtesy and efficiency of your office."
Ruby McCray of Salem sent back her entire "After having my gas furnace checked by the Roanoke Gas Co. last week, I was advised that the furnace was okay and no repair work was needed . . . . Thank you for processing my claim so rapidly."
Warner's favorite letter, he said, came from a Roanoke woman who said "it is comforting to know that our government was concerned and acted accordingly." She enclosed a check for an unneeded $189.
Warner thanked "these individuals, and those like them throughout our nation" and praised all of them "for their honesty and for taking what they needed, and leaving the rest for others" -- including many hit hard by the current California floods.