Editorial: Action needed on sequestration

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 03:56 PM.

Cuts in defense could very well leave this country weak at a time when it needs to be strong. Problems exist across the world that may need the attention of the United States, and the country needs to be in a position to react swiftly and strongly.

Leon Panetta, outgoing secretary of defense, said last week that sequestration would result in cuts to training and maintenance that would reduce the readiness of our armed forces. He urged Congress to act.

"This is not a game. This is reality," he said. "These steps would seriously damage the fragile American economy, and they would degrade our ability to respond to crisis precisely at a time of rising instability across the globe — North Africa to the straits of Hormuz, from Syria to North Korea."

Locally, civilian workers at Cherry Point could see furloughs. Area contractors who do business on base could see cuts. Those workers will have less money to spend at area businesses, and the entire region’s economy could suffer.

Cuts are needed, but the across-the-board indiscriminant cuts that sequestration would bring are not. 

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