I have to say, I sure am liking the N&O's editorial page lately. Steve Ford and Company are all over the OLF controversy . . . and they're going great guns. Thursday's paper calls on Liddy Dole and Richard Burr to get off their butts and do their darn jobs:
For Dole and Burr, military-friendly senators in a state that touts itself as the military-friendliest, this can't be an easy call. It's time, however, that they make one. This issue has been in the news for five years and two environmental studies, neither of them convincing in making the case for the Navy's choice of a site.
Instead, as The N&O reported Sunday, the senators are noncommittal. "It's a matter of process," said Dole. She has met with OLF opponents and says she'll raise her questions about the site soon. Said Burr: "I don't think it's a member of Congress' role to tell the Navy where or where not to place something."
We've had plenty to say about that here at BlueNC, but it's really nice to see the guys who buy ink by the barrel coming around on this issue.
So the next step, the one Burr and Dole should be advocating, is for the Navy to take a new, honest and searching look for the best OLF site -- which is almost certainly not the one near Pocosin Lakes.
Asking the Navy to take an "honest and searching look" is probably hoping for too much. Better for Dole and Burr to simply tell the Navy that the Site C OLF is not going to fly. The Navy needs to find another option. Now.