Sunday, July 08, 2007

AZR, Grijalva want open Army YPG process; Kofa

PHOENIX and YUMA -- The Arizona Republic has an important editorial today about the need for transparency on the Army's consideration of a huge expansion of the already huge Yuma Proving Ground (YPG).

"We need more transparency. Plus a look at all possible options," says the Republic about the Army's plans.

Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), who represents the area of concern, also is backing an open process from the Army now.

I agree.

We also need to know how much Sen. John McCain has been involved in the so far secret effort to expand YPG.

Army staff answered in June to questions from Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) that McCain has been 'very involved' since the start of YPG expansion planning, said to be a year or so ago.

McCain's offices in Phoenix and Tucson have not returned calls from PEER and others asking about the GOP candidate's involvement in planning YPG expansion.

America needs a President who is open and honest, especially after the dark and secretive Bush/Cheney regime. If the current YPG gag is an indicator, John McCain may not be that man.

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other AZ news: Kofa NWR mismanagement and puma killing.

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