|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||2 Sep 2005 16:46:40 -0000|
|Subject:||Re: [CPEO-IRF] Otis (MA) options|
Perhaps I spoke too soon. Some Cape Cod leaders are starting to think
about looking ahead. However, this editorial still seems focused on
maximizing federal expenditures on the property, rather than reviewing
It's time to look ahead
Editorial Upper Cape Codder September 1, 2005
Supporters of keeping Otis Air National Guard Base operating in its current capacity fought a great fight, but they lost the battle when the Base Realignment and Closure Commission voted last week to move the 102nd Fighter Interceptor Wing's F-15s to the Barnes Municipal Air Guard Station in Westfield.
Their only hope now of securing a reversal of the decision rests with a lawsuit that challenges the Defense Department's ability to make changes to an Air National Guard base without the approval of the governor of the state in which the unit is located. This seems a slim hope, even given last week's court ruling that barred the Pentagon from deactivating an entire Air National Guard unit in Pennsylvania without the consent of the governor of Pennsylvania.
While the court case plays out, it would be wise to begin thinking about the future of the entire Massachusetts Military Reservation, of which Otis is one part; call it Plan B.
For the entire editorial, see http://www2.townonline.com/bourne/opinion/view.bg?articleid=314561
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