Friday, January 14, 2005

Don't let politics triumph economics.

The loss of the groton base would amount to the loss of 25,000 jobs and $2.5 billion to the state's economy.
Economic impact is not one of the eight criteria being considered in formulating the initial base closure list -
other than cost-savings to the Pentagon.
Ray Hackett Norwich Bulletin

Sorry Ray but the economic impact is one of the things considered. The impact on the WHOLE country. Groton is only one small part of the United States.

Reasons to close the base

  1. Groton Subbase finished 246th out of 354 of US bases in quality of life.
  2. We (the Navy) have one third more training facilities than we need.
  3. The Navy's looking to cut its sub force down from 52 to 40 subs, most of which will be stationed on the west coast. That means we need to lose 17 subs from the Atlantic fleet. There just happen to be 17 subs up here in Groton.

Why should we keep the Subbase open?

  1. uhm, taxpayer subsidies to the state and city governments of CT.

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