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Otter Decries National Guard Cut Plan

Following is Gov. Butch Otter's letter to President Barack Obama, who is proposing to cut National Guard numbers: "I join my fellow governors in strongly opposing the potential cuts to the Army National Guard advocated by the U.S. Army’s fiscal 2015 budget request. For more than a decade, our National Guard has demonstrated it is a cost effective operational force that is critical to our national security at home and abroad. As commanders in chief, we appreciate the need to reorganize, restructure and modernize the military to meet new threats and economic realities. All sectors of the military need to be involved in meeting the targets set by the Budget Control Act of 2011 and the realities of having fewer forces engaged abroad. In doing so, however, the Army Guard’s operational capabilities and 350,000 personnel strength level must be preserved. The Army’s proposed cuts suggest a pre-2001 strategic reserve construct." More here.

Question: Do you agree with Gov. Butch Otter that a strong National Guard is important in Idaho and other states?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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