Jones urges president to fund channel dredging

By on December 9, 2012

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C. is asking President Obama include more than $30 million to clear North Carolina waterways in a funding request to cover damage caused along the East Coast by Hurricane Sandy.

Jones’ request includes $9 million for Oregon Inlet, and $2 million for the Rollison Channel used by ferries between at Hatteras and Ocracoke.

He would also like to see $600,000 for the Silver Lake ferry channel at Ocracoke and $150,000 for the Stumpy Point-Rodanthe emergency ferry channel

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And Another Thing

December 29, 2012 3:39 pm

If Jones is ready to help us and the cause is worthy, let’s thank him. It’s the right thing to do.

Funding a project that saves lives and adds to the gross national product is not equal to spending taxpayer money on vacations, bombers for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, funding the USA-hating United Nations or paying for welfare recipients to get manicures. Senseless unconstrained spending feeds our deficits. Strategic limited spending will get our economy back on track.


December 13, 2012 9:00 am

I tell you what Stewie! Put your butt or your families butts on my boat and let me run you through the inlet a few times! Or let your livelyhood be directly tied to that inlet, and then run your mouth!! Until you have done either or both you should shut up because you have no knowledge of the situation. The cost of the businesses and families with the inlet being unusable is untold. All the trawlers must go to Morehead City to go north. The health of our sounds are directly related to that inlet. Flooding of properties are directl related to it also! So sir, you should do your homework before you open your pie hole!

I wish I was an OBXer

December 11, 2012 9:03 am

Jones has a lot of people snowed. Look closely at his record and it will become obvious. I once was his follower, NO MORE.

We have to come up with a smarter way for boats to access the inland areas.

Old KH Lady

December 10, 2012 6:43 pm

I’m amazed that Jones openly and proudly states that he votes against every increase….then has the gall to ask for money. I think it’s important for replenishment but…really? EVERY time? Or just when a democrat is in office? If you expect him to really WORK on this “fiscal cliff”, send him email or call him and tell him so. Git it done, for Pete’s sake! Maybe when he’s ready to work then he’ll get more attention.

Stewie Stewington

December 10, 2012 5:33 pm

Bob – that’s the perennial problem with politics. People always expect that THEIR Congress critter see to THEIR local needs yet get upset by all the other “wasteful” government spending.

Rep. Jones has been particularly outspoken on this whole little mess resulting from fiscal (im)balance and not paying our debts.

As he so proudly boasts – he’s the only member of Congress to vote against every debt-ridden budget over the past eight years.

So when you vote for a politician that campaigns on such a stance you just then go the poll and with a “wink and a nod” vote for him because you know, and don’t really expect, that he doesn’t really mean what he says?

If the citizenry wish to tax themselves at levels sufficient to pay for all the goodies they expect to get from government that is one thing. However, what we have been doing for many decades is not wanting to pay taxes at anywhere near the level to pay for what we expect from government.

And thus we find ourselves many trillions of dollars in debt (and no end in sight!) and still, it seems, most people still just want to get “free stuff” from the government.

The problems of the ever shifting sands of the Outer Banks and Oregon Inlet are purely local problems and the amount of federal funds that should be spent to address these ongoing/incessant/perpetual/neverending problems should be pretty close to zero.

Of course, I’m never surprised by the hypocritical actions of politicians and their enabling voters that always want to get something for nothing.

Never surprised, but always disappointed.

Bob Samuels

December 10, 2012 12:37 pm

Why do we vote/elect people like Rep. Jones? It’s not to sit in DC counting dollar bills. We elect them to represent us so they help us with our concerns. I would argue that opening up Oregon Inlet is a major concern. In other words, he’s doing what he’s supposed to do. This is one of the reasons why I vote for him election after election, even though I vote for mostly democrats.


December 10, 2012 12:24 pm

Whenever Republicans want something its a “necessity”. Whenever Democrats need something its an “entitlement”. So I guess this is a necessity and we’ll have to take it out of someone’s Social Security check. Way to go Walter !

Stewie Stewington

December 10, 2012 11:10 am

Ah yes…Rep. Jones. It’s always entertaining to see how a local pol forgets his previous stances and rhetoric when they find it necessary to bring home the bacon.

I see he still has this item up on his campaign website:

“4. Because Balanced Budgets Matter – Congressman Walter Jones is a proven leader in the fight to stop runaway deficit spending. He is the only member of Congress to vote against every increase in the federal debt limit over the past eight years. And he’s the only member of Congress to vote against every debt-ridden budget over the past eight years. Congressman Jones knows that to get America out of the fiscal ditch we need to cut wasteful spending, balance the budget and stop kicking kicking the can down the road. That’s why he strongly supports and has always voted for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution.”

That’s right Mr. Jones – can’t let a little thing like your supposed concern for balanced budgets get in the way of local pork barrel projects!

george mendelson

December 10, 2012 9:32 am

At the risk of being repetitious, I would strongly urge all residents of Manteo, owners of soundside property, and anyone else effected by soundside flooding to contact Rep. Jones ( ) and praise his activities promoting Oregon Inlet dredging. You might consider mentioning the flooding impact that Irene and Sandy had. That flooding was enhanced by the mean high water level which has increased by as much as 2 to 3 feet over the last ten years. That rise is due, I believe, to Oregon Inlet shoaling which acts like a tub stopper for the sounds.

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