Time for OLF honesty

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 30, 2007

To the Editor:

As a resident of Site A, Perquimans County, N.C., I find that there are many misunderstandings regarding the OLF situation.

The Navy and the North Carolina governor have not been honest with the people. The reasons for the OLF continue to change. At one time the governor finally seemed to be on the side of No OLF in North Carolina but then additional sites were proposed.

I have proof that the governor and the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR) have been involved with additional sites since as far back as last winter. The thought of money speaks loudly to the governor and to Cherry Point.

Meetings were held to allow the people to express their opinions but now the Study Group is considered to be only a sounding board. That’s it.

This community is now watching jets fly low and slow, back and forth across the community; so banked and low that you can actually see the pilot’s face masks.

Site A has been on the block for this entire OLF process. I call for Secretary David Winter and Rear Admiral Anderson to go ahead and announce decision(s) that they have already made.

The Navy brass needs to get down to the brass tacks and stop wasting taxpayer money. I call for the North Carolina governor and DENR to own up to their part in this whole process and to announce exactly where they stand. These actions need to be done now.

Dianne M. Layden

Belvidere, N.C.