Below is a letter I sent to my gov 27 July.
Sorry it is sooo long. but if you've seen my posts, u kinda expect it!
This is in reference to your poor handling of the OLF in NE North Carolina.
Why do you insist that we cannot be told what sites you are looking at to replace Site C (Washington County)?
You are my governor. You are suppose to represent me. The people of NE North Carolina are tired of being left in the dark by your administration.
On this OLF issue, the only truly acceptable stance is this OLF cannot go anywhere the local people and local government does not want it.
Rep Butterfield has made that statement.
You have said that Site C is not acceptable. The Navy has said that the other sites are worse then site C.
You must start stating what sites you are recommending to the Navy as a suitable substitute for this OLF. We have a right to know. We should have been told before you went to the Navy with your recommendation as you are talking for us in NE North Carolina.
Please take these talks out of the back room and into the light of day. We of NE North Carolina have been left in the dark for to long for a project that is not required.
Please read the FEIS pg 12-1 where it states that for Alternative 6 a second OLF is not required but would be investigated for the noise mitigation and operational flexibility provided to the Hampton Roads area. We do not live in Hampton Roads.
Why do you insist on offering any site in our state to the Navy when it is not required?
Why do you insist on helping a community you do not represent at the expense of communities you do represent?
Why are you entertaining any site to support NAS Oceana when 2005 BRAC stated that Oceana is not the future of Naval Aviation? The Navy and Virginia are doing nothing to correct the problems of that base. The next BRAC will see Oceana closed. Why ruin any community in our state for something that is not needed.
Let the Navy and Virginia fix their problem of encroachment. When they do, it will be shown that a second OLF is truly not required as the FEIS states.
Fight for our two squadrons for MCAS Cherry Point.
Keep us informed of what you are doing to the people of this state as we deserve to know.
It is extremely inappropriate for you to have proposed any site to the Navy without first asking the people of North Carolina and especially those that will be impacted by your offerings.
Have you formally offered any site to the Navy?
Thank you for your time on this matter,
I look forward to future correspondence from your office on this matter.
Sent 27 July. Crickets chrips is all I have gotten in response.
Well now we know what sites Mikey offered up. I am not sure who I am more pissed at, Dole for sitting on her hands waiting for this process to be completed, or mikey for stabbing NE NC in the back.
What truly ticks me off is the Navy presented to the governors study group a list of preliminary findings on the 6 new sites. Mikey felt the Navy needed to know these sites before the people of the communities. The members of the board looked like bumbling buffoons trying to figure out where these sites where, how each site would impact there area of expertise, and what is the next step.
Our representatives were not prepared to meet the Navy on an equal playing field. The people of this study group appear to be behind and are playing catch up. Mikey, this is going to be your legacy for NE NC, "see that brown hole called an OLF, well thats where Mikey Easley stuck it to the state of North Carolina". This OLF is going to be a hole or a suppository for the collection of all the crap from Oceana and mickey shoved an 8000 foot asphalt runway deep into the region.
I am positive that the local and regional representatives are going to fare much better then mickey did in the forum of public opinion. Opposition is forming.
Mikey gave us this sandwich and thought we would be stupid and just eat it.
Mikey, is this study group empowered to investigate all the options for an OLF as proposed by the Navy in the FEIS? The most promising alternative is the NO OLF option in North Carolina.
Mikey, if you feel that strongly about this OLF, how about recommending your neighborhood for this project or better yet, how about 2 to 3 miles away from your house and your kids schools and let you live with this decision. Don't come crying to the GA when you get thrown out of bed by a jet that is slightly off course and just happened to spot your back porch light and used that as a reference to get himself back to the OLF. Keep your kids and grand kids inside when the Navy is performing this training.
No Mikey, you wont do that. So defend all of us in North Carolina. You got 2 squadrons of jets for Havelock, ACT is happy and you should be happy. You can run your little dog and pony photo-op show welcoming the new Navy families with all their money oozing out of their pockets ready to be spent at the local taco bell in Havelock.
Will you dare show your face in NE NC and explain to us why you kept secret 4 freaking sites that one of them just might be wiped of the face of the earth to support the people of Virginia? Why you prepared the Navy for a meeting with representatives you hand picked to represent me in NC and did not give these people even the slightest information about what sites are out there? What to look for in an OLF? What an OLF does and how that site effects the local economy, government and people?
Mikey, you must again stand up and say to the Navy that this OLF can only go where the people of the region and the local government wants it. You must afford all of us, from the 6 new sites to the old existing sites the same protection.
NE North Carolina already has one non-revenue generating noise producing military facility, the Dare County freaking bombing range. Because of all the potential unexploded ordnance in the area that area may never be able to have people safely walk in the area and enjoy the beauty that is part of Dare County.
So don't tell us of NE North Carolina that we need to suck it up and support the military mission. We know this second OLF is not needed AND we have been supporting the military mission. When a need is identified, us in NE NC know where to stand. When something is not needed, we expect you to assist us and protect us.
The Navy stated that if this second OLF was placed in Virginia, maybe 50% of all FCLP operations / year might have to fly to Oceana or some other facility to perform those missions because of the prevailing winds.
Mikey, do you know how freaking many operations that is?????? 326 total for the year, or 163 total missions might have to fly all the way to Oceana. You are saving the Navy 163 missions. What a power play move that is.
326 total missions are required to fly to the OLF supporting Cherry Point to satisfy the mission requirements as outlined by the Navy in their studies.
The Navy all but told us that site C is off the board because of the strong opposition to it. When members of your panel started talking about placing the second OLF near the region that is also benefiting monetarily from these jets, the Navy went into a long dissertation about Oceana needing this second OLF, Cherry Point can do the job. Mikey, with that in mind, Virginia has presented the Navy with 11 options to place and support the military mission at Oceana that that state encroached on. As a farmer at the Perquimans County public hearing stated, it is not right for my neighbor to expect his cow would be welcome in my yard to take a crap and then go back to his field. Keep the crap with the hoof. In this case, keep the noise with the money and with the people who ruined the field.
This problem is for Virginia to fix. Havelock graciously accept some of the noise, pollution and aggravation that these jets will produce. North Carolina again has tried to help our northern neighbors.
All like to mention win-win....well thats a win win. We took some of the burden and are rewarded with some of the revenue. Virginia, time to do your fair share.
A lot of that opposition came from the various counties in NE NC. There are 16 counties that are supporting the fight in NE NC. Many of the ideas and findings that are being discussed for the Washington/Beaufort County site is applicable to all the sites in the region.
Mickey, are you saying you support the idea that North Carolina must destroy a region, condemn people and evict them from their property,destroy the fabric of community, ruin tradition, allow the Navy to dictate to our farmers what crops they can and cannot grow and how to manage their fields, the list goes on, so 163 missions do not have to fly all the way to Oceana?
Mikey, please explain why you feel so strongly to protect the people of Virginia over the people of this great State? Please explain in proper detail, (we of NE NC are not the dummies you think we are, we will understand what you are telling us) just why you feel it is the responsibility of NE NC to allow this unrequired OLF into our region?
You can change all this by just telling all of us that you understand the plight of the Navy as well as the people of North Carolina and the Navy has held us hostage for to long now trying to convince us to allow them to place this second OLF in our State. Allow every county that is or might be impacted by this OLF to send you a formal letter from the respective county commissioners on were that county stands with regard to placing an OLF in that county. If the commissioners agree to take this OLF, then the commissioners can work with their local populations. If they say NO OLF, then accept that we do not wish it and inform the Navy of our decision.
Say NO OLF any where in North Carolina.
Every word front-paged by Anglico.
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