Editorial: A combined effort for Cherry Point

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

The lobbyist didn’t necessarily offer us any new information during the meeting. After all, base encroachment has long been considered a major issue and city, county and state officials have set about trying to protect the base’s borders.

We knew already that Cherry Point and its bombing ranges are not only important to the Marine Corps but also to the Navy and Air Force as well.

A suggestion about getting a major project that the Department of Defense can’t live without at Cherry Point is a little bit of a no-brainer as far as base protection is concerned, but finding the project amid the ever-tightening defense budget is another matter.

Still, we thought the meeting was productive, if nothing else to get all the parties that have concerns about the base together under one roof. Plus, we say it’s always important for residents whose tax money paid for the lobbyist to get information so they can determine if the money was well spent.

We have no doubt that this year and the next several will be important to the future of Cherry Point, and thus the economic future for all of us. If nothing else, the meeting showed residents that area officials are concerned. We hope that these leaders continue to work together to develop the strategies that can protect Cherry Point and the region’s future. 

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