Kudos to Senator Lee and Congressman Bishop for demanding accountability out of
this Obama White House. The FAA receives 40% of its funding through fees
levied to airlines, and yet, the measly 10% cut to FAA under the Sequester has
them closing nearly 200 towers across the US. Its blatantly obvious that Obama
wants the public to become alarmed at the sequester cuts and telling his cabinet
to find ways to make it painful deliberately as a cynical and irresponsible way
to get Congress to swallow another hugh Tax Hike so he can keep doling out our
federal dollars like he is Santa Clause (and buying votes along the way). The problem with our debt is entitlement spending. 2/3 of federal
spending is off-line entitlements, and yet, Obama won't even talk about
modest revisions to bring spending in line. Five years into his Presidency,
Obama has proven he can campaign, but still can't lead or govern. What a
pity and loss for our nation. 2016 can't come quick enough!
Utah has exactly four airport control towers in the ENTIRE state: Ogden, Hill
AFB, Salt Lake City and Provo. That's it.One of
the 4 is a military field and, for safety reasons, does not allow civilian
traffic to use their runway unless it is an emergency situation.So
now you're down to 3. When you have an in-flight emergency, a control
tower can be very helpful....they can tell you the landing runway, tell you the
winds, tell you what traffic (other aircraft) there is out there, they can clear
that traffic out of the way for you, they can possibly even help you
troubleshoot your problem.I'm all for saving money. We're
almost $17 TRILLION in debt. That's the same as 17,000 BILLIONS.How about Pres. Obama take a 25% pay cut effective immediately? How about he
stops flying around the country in Air Force One and not go on any vacation he
can't get to in a car? How about our Congressman take a 50% pay cut? How
about he cancel Obamacare? How about we make illegal aliens pay back-taxes?
How about we spend LESS than we take in?Yeah, how about THAT?
Ogden airport should not lose its ATC. It sits between Salt Lake International
Airport and Hill Air Force Base. Smaller aircraft needing to divert in the area
during an emergency depend on Ogden Airport being there, and HIF has not been
exceptionally accommodating to allowing private planes landing there. EXAMPLE:
There are times when severe weather and downbursts sock in SLC, it would be sad
if planes had to divert to Pocatello, ID. Now if HIF would become more
accommodating with civilian aircraft on occasion, then it might make sense to
remove ATC from Ogden. Better yet, would it be possible for HIF controllers to
pick up extra ATC duties over Ogden -- problem resolved. (I don't think
ATC services should ever have been contracted out in the first place, but
that's just my personal opinion.)
"We elected them to put reins on government spending not specifically
authorized by the constitution."So why are they complaining
about spending cuts?
@:EsquireSources, please. The FAA website still lists Ogden and Provo
airport towers as facilities that could be closed.Also, we
didn't elect Lee or Bishop to "get along". We elected them to put
reins on government spending not specifically authorized by the constitution.
Two comments. Lee and Bishop would be more useful to Utah if they were capable
of getting along with others. The other party will sometimes be in charge of the
Administration, and these guys would better serve us if they weren't so
stridently hostile to the opposition that has so much power and effect on Utah.
That's the reality. The other thing is that within the past day or two, it
was announced that the towers would not be closed. This leads me to ask if Lee
and Bishop are playing political games. No need to in this state.
Very interesting. Lee and Bishop are members of the groups that created this
mess and now are trying to find "answers" to their own blunders?Wanna bet those "answers" will be to simply blame Obama
again?What would all those Congresscritters do if they didn't
have Obama to blame?Is it possible that our nation might actually
make some progress and improvements if they'd stop blaming and start to