Editorial: Commissary changes may be needed

Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 03:32 PM.

The commissaries do serve a role. They offer groceries at generally reduced prices to military personnel.

Still, some changes must be made to reduce the amount of tax dollars that support them while increasing their profitability. Prices could be raised or surcharges added, while wastefulness should be eliminated and some operations reduced.

Commissaries came about because access to retail grocery stores was limited decades ago. Now, as the retail grocery industry has grown, access to stores can be found right outside the gates.

Closure may be the best option, but if not, changes in operation must be made to ensure commissaries are not a drain on the taxpayer and defense budget.

Either way, the discussion is definitely food for thought.

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