I was amused when I read the letter of Aug. 12, "Budget cuts caused traffic, other woes at Hill AFB. The writer tried to explain that the Hill AFB delays were caused by the furlough. Please allow me to explain as the late Paul Harvey would say, "the rest of the story."
The delays at the gate (I will speak of the Clearfield gate only, but I have heard it is the same scenario at the other two gates) occurred long before the furlough. In fact, I called security police and complained in May of 2013, when the gate was backed up past the Interstate off-ramp, potentially causing a serious traffic situation.
Only July 17, my wife was five minutes late to work and her supervisor requested either a sick or annual leave slip. When my wife tried to explain the delays at the gate, her supervisor said she could do nothing and she should call the commander's action line.
On July 21, my wife and I emailed the commander's action line. To date, we have not received an answer! As one base official wrote, the delays could be caused by emergencies at that time of the day. Yes that is possible, but the likelihood of that happening at that exact time is about as likely as Peter Rabbit bringing eggs to your next Easter hunt.
More plausible explanations of the Clearfield gate delays are: insufficient numbers of gate guards and or gate guards arriving at the gates after the line is backed up (i.e., 6:15-6:20 a.m.).
Now that the furlough is mostly over, the next time the Clearfield gate is backed up to the Interstate, I will look for Peter Cottontail hopping down the Hill AFB bunny trail as I wait in line. I will look for a response in the Standard-Examiner for my questions to the commander's action line.
Ja Dee Huber