Future of Ogden airport tower still not clear; Lee, Bishop seek answers

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  • Gr8Dane Tremonton, UT
    May 5, 2013 3:11 p.m.

    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!

  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    May 4, 2013 7:21 p.m.

    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?

  • Roobah Tooele, UT
    May 4, 2013 4:26 p.m.

    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.)

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    May 4, 2013 3:34 p.m.

    "We elected them to put reins on government spending not specifically authorized by the constitution."

    So why are they complaining about spending cuts?

  • QuickRick Brigham City, UT
    May 4, 2013 12:01 p.m.

    Sources, 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.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 4, 2013 7:12 a.m.

    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.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 4, 2013 6:45 a.m.

    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 actually THINK?