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The electorate was bamboozled


Last updated 12/15/2006 at Noon

The voting is over and the people have spoken. Proposition A, which asked consideration of sharing Miramar MCAS as a potential San Diego airport site, has gone down to defeat. I’m not sure there was any real understanding of the issue out there – and, in fact, the opposition couched their position in such a way that a ‘yes’ vote on the proposition was unpatriotic. This wasn’t true, of course, but the over-simplification was sufficient to win the day.

The ironic thing, of course, is that no viable alternative has been offered. The place with such a central location was suggested. Nowhere that offered the same friendly terrain, good overruns, existing road network – and all with such a great savings to the taxpayers. Instead, the opposition pushed the erroneous point of view that the Marines’ training facility would be forced out in order for San Diego to get a new airport on the cheap! This was never the plan; one only has to read the wording of the Proposition to realize that. Nevertheless, “scare tactics” won out at the polls. It’s not the first time the electorate has been bamboozled – nor will it be the last.

Robert F. Green


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