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Federal training center a disaster in the making
Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2010  The Bay Times

Having lived 40 miles from a training site in California, similar to the proposed Ruthsburg site, where 3-pound bombs were used, I can personally attest to the terrible effects of these loud explosions frightening house shaking.

Another training site, 20 miles from my home caused a gigantic toxic plume to form in the water table from washing equipment and tarmacs of debris. This toxic plume contained cancer-causing chemicals that flowed under miles of surrounding residential neighborhoods, including Irvine, Calif., 30 miles away. The whole area was vacated, declared a Superfund Toxic Waste Site, and remains one to this day. Lawsuits by former residents at the site who contracted cancer, continue to this day. Surrounding real estate values remain deflated, have difficulty selling and businesses have failed.

Concerning the 3-pound bombs proposed for the Ruthsburg site, the State Department initially told residents that they would use these bombs once a week, now they say six times a year. Houses will not sell for miles around the site. Unable to tolerate the noise horse, cattle and chicken farms will disappear. Toxins in the high Chesapeake water table will pollute residential wells, destroying the Chesapeake Bay and will kill oyster and crab populations, resulting in destruction of the famous Eastern Shore seafood business. Tourists will disappear. The migrating birds on the Atlantic Fly Way will disappear. Due to ignorance, Business Queen Anne's and the Chamber promote this site. When asked about the number of jobs this site would afford local citizens, the GSA response was, "Available jobs will be filled by the most qualified people. There is no way we can guarantee how many jobs will go to any one area." This is a disaster in the making.

MARGO FRENCH

Stevensville



Chamber members should speak out on FASTC
Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 The Bay Times

You need to be aware of the new Federal Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) being proposed in Ruthsburg.

The Chamber of Commerce is in support of this facility and is supposed to represent their members.

I am opposed to this facility and once you have all the facts (or lack there of) you will feel the same way. I have attended all public forums and cannot in good conscience support the position of The Chamber of Commerce. I do not want my relationships with my friends or vendors to be affected by the storm that is brewing in our county. I am asking that all Chamber members make their position known so that the message is clear that members do not support the destruction or our county heritage.

I have included the mission statement for the Chamber of Commerce below which states:

"The Mission of the Queen Anne's County Chamber of Commerce, a membership driven organization, is to serve, represent and be the foremost advocate of its members in such a way as to enhance the quality of life and well being of our unique county, its residents and visitors, through continued and orderly growth or our business enterprises."

How will this facility enhance the quality of life and well being of our unique county and our residents? How is the Chambers' support of this facility advocating for their members? How is this orderly growth of business enterprises?

MIKE WEDDELL

Grasonville


Cable airing of Storm DVD sparks controversy
Published: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - The Bay Times

The following letter was sent the the Queen Anne's County Commissioners.

It has come to my attention that the DVD on the New Mexico security facility, prepared by Mr. Sveinn Storm, has been given free air time on QATV, with your permission.

I find it appalling that such a misrepresentation of facts would be allowed this broad exposure under your approval, an approval that implies your belief and support of its content. If you take the time to read (attached Internet articles), you will see that this area of New Mexico, around Playas, was dying after the demise of the copper mining. The second article would imply that, contrary to what Mr. Storm says, the border patrol and homeland security workers in the area aren't purposely choosing to drive 30 or more miles for food and housing, but in fact are being forced to because of lack of housing and other facilities near their work.

In other words, it appears that the area could have come back resoundingly if the leaders had had the foresight to prepare for the deluge of opportunity.

To allow Mr. Storm's DVD to be presented and supported by your approval is an affront to the residents of Queen Anne's County who are looking for factual information on the proposed FASTC in Queen Anne's County.

Please reconsider and withdraw your permission for this miss-information to be so broadly, and freely, distributed. I consider its exposure under the guise of QATV a real disservice to our citizens.

SUSAN HALE
Stevensville


KIDL Web Guy Comments:   You can View the DVD Video Here.   Susan Hale, who conveniently forgets to identify herself as the past-president of the Bay Area Association of Realtors, has chimed in.  She’s taking issue with the commissioners for allowing Sveinn Storm's "Playas DVD" to be shown on QACTV.

Susan characterizes the DVD as full of “misrepresentation of facts”: 

“If you take the time to read you will see that this area of New Mexico, around Playas, was dying after the demise of the copper mining.”

I saw nothing in Storm’s DVD that contradicted this . . . did I miss something?  I believe that was brought out pretty clearly. 

“. . . contrary to what Mr. Storm says, the border patrol and homeland security workers in the area aren’t purposely choosing to drive 30 or more miles for food and housing, but in fact are being forced to because of lack of housing and other facilities near their work.”

OK, again, I did watch the DVD only once, but the impression I came away with was that the people interviewed in the documentary HAD to drive that far because the once-thriving town of Playas no longer had the facilities they needed DESPITE promises that the federal facility would help their town with jobs and an influx of people.  Maybe I’d better watch those videos again.

“In other words, it appears that the area could have come back resoundingly if the leaders had had the foresight to prepare for the deluge of opportunity.”

HUH????  The leaders of Playas DID welcome the federal facility with open arms and what they got, instead of all the promised economic development and jobs, was a ghost town that goes BOOM in the night (and day)!  The “deluge of opportunity” was welcomed but, like other gov’t promises, it was just hot (desert) air.

She pleads with the County Commissioner’s to “withdraw your permission for this miss-information to be so broadly, and freely, distributed.”

Why?  Susan, are you sure you watched the entire DVD? 

Will someone else out there PLEASE send a rebuttal letter to the editor and the commissioners? 

You can View the DVD Video Here.

Thanks,
Your Humble KIDL Web Guy



FASTC IS NOT WHAT READER WAS LED TO BELIEVE
RECORD OBSERVER - LETTER TO EDITOR 2/25/10

OK, I have been reading blogs, watching YouTub, and reading about La Playa and I thought the FASTC was bringing big bombs and covert operations to Queen Anne's County.

After reading "Federal Reps Address FASTC Concerns" and "GSA Answers Kratovil's Questions on FASTC", the center is not as bad as I was let to believe. In fact, I was lied to by many opponents. It will probably be scaled back even more after the Environmental Assessment.

I still don't want it but I am not willing to let the county pay the political price for not supporting it when I buy a lot of non-local produce and am not willing to become a farmer. Something needs to be produced on the productive farmland. Franchot called FASTC a "Point of Pride" and Kratovil touted it in his literature. Our state and federal representatives want it and they have some control over the purse strings that affect our county.

I am now asking all of our county commissioners to MAN UP and take the heat. Work with the state government and Feds to get the best possible deal for the county. What guarantees can you get? This is politics. We want our overpass and new middle school in Sudlersville and they don't want to take all the heat for FASTC. Don't mutilate our political capital in the state and federal government for your personal political ambition. Thank you Mr. Gunther. You didn't buy into the scare tactics and showed guts.

LAURA JOHNSON, INGLESIDE


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