Editorial: A combined effort for Cherry Point

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM.

We’re not completely convinced that two-hour meetings involving a bunch of men wearing ties is ever a good idea.

It seems many such meetings are often all talk with little action. Committees are formed and action plans are made, and in the end, the only result is a report with too many words on too many pages.

We don’t need to look any further the Military Growth Task Force to find an example. It formed in response to an expected influx of new Marines to bases at Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point and New River.

The impact was expected to be widespread — roads, schools, housing, medical facilities — and action was said to be needed on the part of city and county governments to prepare.

An 860-page report was created, but before any of the recommendations could really get put into action, the Pentagon announced a Marine Corps drawdown that basically negated any long-term impacts from new Marines and their families.

Tuesday’s meeting that involved city and county officials, members of the Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow, and other business and community leaders at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center was not such a waste of time as that.

The group heard from a Washington lobbyist hired by the county to help protect Cherry Point and Fleet Readiness Center East from possible defense cuts — or worse, possible closure.

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