DESPITE the pressing need to cut government spending, under President Obama’s spending proposal all the nation’s military services are set to see their budgets increase — all, that is, except the Coast Guard, the nation’s chronically overburdened maritime force, responsible for everything from global search and rescue to port security.
Just last night, also on WBZ news, I watched video of the Coast Guard rescuing some fishermen off a boat that had floundered off Dennis, on Cape Cod. I don't think I would feel safe being out on the hazardous waters around here if I did not know there was a Coast Guard station in Newburyport.
What the heck?
Further, the dredging of the channel at the mouth of the Merrimack River - the big Coast Guard boats are scraping bottom. When did the USCG become the bottom of the barrel?
I don't see where cutting anything from a budget of a branch of service that protects and serves makes much sense. When I was floundering around on the Refuge that time, my one consolation was that eventually (hopefully before I froze to death) the Coast Guard helicopter would fly over. I don't even know where that helicopter comes from, but by the gods, I see it all the time.
The United States Coast Guard deserves more than this. I hope someone reconsiders.