First off, I apologize for calling you a dumb Bushbot yesterday. I heard from several people who know you personally that you are not dumb - and I was glad to hear that. In fact, they said you're really smart.
Maybe that means you're taking time to actually study the Navy's misguided plans to site an airfield next to a wildlife refuge in Washington County. I hope that's true. I hope you're not just parroting the untenable positions of your Senior colleague, who is having a hard time looking in the mirror after selling out North Carolina to the people of Virginia Beach.
Because if you do actually study the report, you'll find it is a rigged deal from the get go. It's the same "reverse-engineered" stack of wishful thinking that Judge Terrence Boyle threw out two years ago, with a new yellow ribbon tied around it. The US Navy spent $3.5 million to say what everybody already knew they were going to say on a plan that makes no sense whatsoever.
You'll also find a bizarre bit of irony in the new plan regarding the Navy's "cooperating agency" - the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
The USFWS is serving as a cooperating agency in the development of the SEIS, in accordance with 40 CFR 1501.6.
In this case, of course, "cooperating" means "restricted from having an opinion by official gag order." Every USFWS official familiar with this issue is against the Navy's plan. The people on the ground in Washington County KNOW this will be a disaster, but they have been prevented from saying so by the big USFWS cheeses in Atlanta who are doing nothing but carrying water for the Bush administration.
So, Senator Burr, this is a big moment for you. You can either represent the people of North Carolina and insist that the Navy find a more suitable location in our state for this OLF, or you can represent the people of Virginia who are thrilled to no end that your colleague, Senator Dole, is representing them so admirably.
By the way, did you read this letter to the editor in the N&O last year?
All four for Virginia
I have followed with interest your articles regarding the outlying landing field proposed by the Navy for Beaufort and Washington counties to protect Virginia citizens who live around Oceana Naval Air Station from unwanted noise. It has become apparent to me that Virginia now has four U.S. senators and North Carolina has none. I don't understand this. Something is wrong. Perhaps a constitutional scholar with the knowledge of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay can explain this.
I hope you will come to your senses and take a stand for the people who elected you. As a US Naval Academy graduate, I am all for a strong Navy. And I am proud of North Carolina's long-standing support for our armed forces. But that doesn't mean we should follow the Navy blindly into a plan that will cause so much havoc and almost certainly kill pilots - all because Senator Dole made a deal with the devil.
This is your chance to come out from behind Liddy Dole's shadow and show voters in North Carolina who you're really working for. And you don't have much time. Speak out now and you'll be seen as a leader on this issue.
What say you?
PS One more thought: Democratic Senator Jim Webb of Virginia is all giddy about this plan to dump his state's problems on North Carolina. He doesn't care where, just as long as it's South of the Border. Isn't that reason enough for you to stop this train in its tracks?