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Times Rt.rd Contributor
On May 13th--a Friday as luck
would have it - thousands of
American workers and the com-
munities in which they live and
work received devastating news
from Washington. On that day,
the Department of Defense
released its recommendations for
military base shutdowns or
downsizing, and Maine facilities
figured prominently on the Penta-
gon's hit list. The recommenda-
tions now go tos the president-
appointed Base alignment and
"BRAC Commission Chairman
Anthony Principi has said
the commission will not
rubber-stamp the Pentagon.
Instead, it will approach the
task with fresh eyes."
U.S. Rep. Tom All
Democrat, District 1
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tosure uommisslon, which this Maine alone would suffer almost P-3 Orion aircraft to Jacksonville,
spring and sumx1er will review one-fourth of the nation's net mil- 'Fla., several hours away fromthe
and hopefully revise the depart- itary and civilian job losses from strategically and economically
ment's recommendations. this round of bases closings and vital North Atlantic sea lanes.
In the name of cutting costs realignments. BNAS is a fully modernized base
and improving U.. military effec- For those of us who have been ready to house the next-genera-
tiveness, Defense Secretary Don- working nonstop to save our tion Multi-Mission Maritime Air-
ald Rumsfeld see to shut down bases - the' Maine and New craft in its new hangar. Making
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Hampshire congressional delega- the last fully operational military
Kittery, which w.uld leave more tions, Govs. Baldacci and Lynch, airfield remaining in the North-
than 4,000 empl yees, most of 'state and local officials, talented east non-operational puts our
them civilians, ojt of work. The ' and tireless task forces of volun- security at risk.
Pentagon's proposed closing of its .teers and experts and many oth-4 As a Brunswick tenth grader,
Defense Finance Accounting ers -there s now a new forum in Sa sT; eai rt -wrot in a
N ic kdA cwuhich ts N i ki e
Service site at th former Loring. o whichxto ake our case. BRACi Ma-y Z Ttt f The Times
Air Force Bas in Limestone Commission Chairman Anthony' Record, [With the war against
would mean thefloss of another Principi ha said the commission
362 civilian jobi. The Defense will not rubberstamp the Penta- terrorism that we are fighting
j will not rber-stamp the Penta- today it makes no sense to elimi-
Department aso wants to gon. Instead, it will approach thenateour range acrossthe world,
"realign" Brun wick Naval Air task with fresh eyes. nate our range across the world,
Station by remo ing all five mar- let alone our own soil."
Station by remo ing all five mar- Maine's facilities are essential he Limestone closing is
itime patrol sq drons, at a cost The i mes e fosn
of to our national defense. Just the
of more than 2400 mostly mil da before the Pentagon's base incomprehensible for another
tary jobs. Thes changes would closing announcement, Ports- reason. The savings, if any, that
bringclosing announcement, Ports- would be realized by this closure
bringsome of the bes-traine, hardship to t-mouth Naval Shipyard was pre-
some of the bes -trained, hardest- sented with one of the Navy's are small compared with the
workingand stproductive most distinguished awardsforits adverse economic impact on this
workers in aine and service since 9/11. Once again, area, a factor that must be consid-
Hampshire an inflict a substan- the submarine shipyard has been ered under the base closing law.
tial blow to te economicand recognized as the country's best, Remember, this facility was locat-
social fabric of e area. continually completing superior ed in Limestone to offset the huge
The Pentago has been slow to work under budget and ahead of losses suffered when Loring Air
produce dat backing up its schedule. National security Force Base closed. The recom-
choices. The C Commission, demands we retain a valuable, mendation strikes me as particu-
congression delegations, state unique facility like this - which larly small-minded, a double hit
officials and e public all want cannot be reconstituted if closed from the BRAC process, dramati-
and need to know why these - when future demand for callyunfair andunjustified.
bases have b en targeted. Based nuclear submarines remains so in his letter to the editor, Nick
on what we ow now, the recom- unpredictable. concluded: "I only hope our con-
mendations o Maine bases make The Pentagon' BNAS decision gressional representatives will
little sense.is just as biz . The department fight vigorously to make Donald
The Defense Department clear- kept theTase open and acknow Rumsfeld realize his folly...."
ly has taken aim again at Maine edged homeland defense mis- Nick, you can count on it, for we
and the rest of the Northeast, in s'ion. Yet it remove feicrata-ft agree that this is folly, and we will
favor of the West and South. If its needed to accomplisthaTiifs- fight as hard as we can to make
recommendations are accepted, s g anM ag~pwase things right.
for education: A
Maine was one of only two states
out of 40 to receive all As for its edu-
cation standards, according to an
assessment by Education Next, a
Journal of Opinion and Research,
published by the Hoover Institution
of Stanford Universibtr.
To the editor:
I am a ninth-graded!
wick High 1oo, ,
with my upper class 7
bosteanski, who w3i
Brunswick aval Ai
(May 20 "How can we,
I also think that BNA
stay fully manned.
heard about how clo
was to being closed,
write about it.
I am planning on Se
Collins to do her best
keep BNAS fully mann
will see when the BRA
mission members come
Brunswick Naval Air S
Here’s what’s next.
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