Gitmo begs question: Is this any way to run country

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The recent improvement of Cuban and U.S. relations has not only brought up discussions between the two countries about tourism and trade topics, but also what to do with the Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba.
It appears the United States plans to keep the base that houses the world’s most expensive prison  with 127 war-on-terror captives and run by 2000 or more temporary troops and contractors. Now a $65 million school building with classroom space for 275 kindergarten through high school students is planned. That cost figures about $236,000 per student to put under one roof all the school-age children of American sailors stationed there.
  It was easy for Washington leaders to allocate the funds because they tucked the cost inside the massive $585 billion national defensive spending act. This proposal passed through with little notice. But, I can’t help wondering would have happened if local school officials in a 275-student district would have proposed such a project in their own district and asking for it to be paid for by a local bond issue. Obviously, it would be near impossible to see passage by school patrons. With federal action taken to build a $65 million structure for 275 students, it is no wonder your federal taxes are high and will continue to rise in future years.
If that new school building in Gitmo isn’t enough, the government is considering another $69 million to replace a secret prison that now holds 15 former CIA captives. For those of you who like to do the math, that pricey building and operation figures out at $4.6 million per prisoner. Like one critic pointed out, “It’s no wonder we call them “high-value - prisoners.”
This new secret prison proposal is in addition to the sprawling detention center already there that’s estimated to currently cost $3.1 million per terror captive and promises to have per capita costs go higher as more captives are released each year.
The United States can take sole responsibility for much of these excessive costs of the plans. The current U.S.-led embargo on Cuba calls for terms requiring construction contractor crews to live on site for the duration of such construction projects in addition to requiring all materials having to be barged to the island. These costs are estimated to make construction fees at least 70 percent higher than average construction.
The guy who once questioned, “Is this any way to run a business?” can now expand his question to ask, “Is this any way to run our country?”
There seems to always be a sign commonly found in the restaurant restrooms. The sign reminds employees to wash their hands before returning back to work.
Most of us remember our mothers reminding us to wash our hands after going to the bathroom because of the germs that could be on our hands.
I appreciate a restaurant taking the place of mothers by reminding their own employees to wash their hands. However, if it’s necessary to remind their employees of cleanliness in the restroom, it makes me wonder just how clean some restaurant kitchens are.
“An archaeologist is the best husband any woman can have -- the older she gets, the more interested he is in her,” according to Agatha Christie.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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