Wednesday, August 24, 2005

PNS open, BNAS closed

Pinky is rightfully ecstatic. The Base Realignment and Closure Commission has voted to remove the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard from the closure list, tho it has decided to close the Brunswick Naval Air Station, rather than realign it (which is what the Pentagon requested).

In the long run, I'm confident that the Brunswick area will be better off without the base. In the short run, it's gonna hurt. The sooner the base's resources are put into private hands, the better.

I am glad that both facilities weren't axed. That would have been too much economic bad news for a state that's already on tenterhooks about so many other issues.

PNS should take some comfort from Chairman Principi's stern rebuke of the Pentagon's plans of closure. Sounds like the commissioners were really ticked off by Portsmouth's inclusion on the list.


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