The United States Marine Corps has served our country well, and I admire and thank those who serve to protect the freedoms we all enjoy. The Combat Center has historically been a good neighbor to all of us in the high desert, but things seem to be changing and I wonder why.
I support the Marine’s need to train, but there are a great many of us are absolutely opposed to them taking our public lands in Johnson Valley. The loss of freedom to use our own lands seems to go against their very principles. Seems that we are the ones supporting and defending our own freedoms, not the Marines. The drawdown of the Marines, their shift back to their expeditionary roots, and the new focus in the Pacific Theater rather than the Middle East should all be reasons to not expand the base.
I set my feelings for base expansion aside and reached out to the G5, Jim Ricker, for help in repairing the sheep guzzlers that are near the base and only accessible by helicopter. I explained that the herd would suffer and die, and no civilian air assets were available. He assured me that he would ask the base commanding general for help, but I never even got the courtesy of a response back. , but I guess that’s not a concern when you are busy taking our land.
The most troubling of all recent Marine Corps activities is their financial contribution of $400,000+ to a group of environmentalists for purchase of land in Joshua Tree. It was supposed to be developable land, but the environmentalist, with the help of the Marine Corps and your tax dollars, have taken that opportunity away. Glad my taxes are being used for the national defense…of tortoises and Joshua Trees.
The Morongo Basin Economic Consortium, led by Jim Ricker, voted this past week to not support a tool to help our basin bring economic development here. How is this possible and how is he allowed to do this to our area?
Since he represents the base commanding general, one wonders if this is Brigadier General Smith’s personal agenda?
As it stands now, our tax dollars given to the Marine Corps are being used to save trees and tortoises, take away residential and commercial opportunities, and take away our recreational activities on our public lands in Johnson Valley.
Too bad the G5 isn’t up for election this November…
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]How about returning to the Good Neighbor Policy?,