Re: "State rebuffs Navy training site request" (TNT, 3-3).
Here we go again. The state has rejected the Navy's request to use land. It says that hundreds have opposed the proposal by the Navy to use the Olympic Peninsula for electronic warfare training.
Not too long ago, hundreds of individuals, local business owners, and local and state officials gathered to beg the military not to downsize its force here in Washington. That reduction in personnel means big reductions in money (some estimate billions) into local coffers. Those same individuals also asked/pledged to do whatever to keep the military presence strong.
So where is the support? Why does the Navy have to fly to Idaho to do its training? Why does the military have to spend millions to travel to other states to do training that could be done here for less?
Washington loves the military - when they spend their money here, rent/buy our houses, go to our schools, shop in our stores, let us work on their bases. But please don't let us hear or see them.
In order to have the best military in the world, we have to train. To train, sometimes we have to use local resources. Washington: Stand behind your words, or let the military go.