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robert wise

Osage Beach, MO

#41 Oct 26, 2010
Ike come home

Since: Mar 10

Lancaster, PA

#42 Oct 26, 2010
I like Ike !
Retired Army

Columbia, MO

#44 Oct 27, 2010
Missouri Base Closures

Eleven years later and our communities are still benefiting from the DOD BRAC closure of Fort McClellan, Alabama. The 1995 decision to close the 81 year old base instead of Fort Leonard Wood passed by one vote. How much different would our lives be if Fort Wood closed instead of McClellan? My family and I were stationed at McClellan and we thought like everyone else that the base could never be closed. There was too much new construction, the Chemical Training Facility could not move, the economic loss to the community would be too great, there would be too many jobs lost, etc. We eventually saw McClellan in our review mirror as our political leaders were unable to stop the closure and we moved to Missouri. Ike Skelton's seniority and experience benefited Missouri then and does so now. Some have lost their loyalty and appreciation for his service and want change for the sake of change. Why would we give up the Chairman of the HASC for a freshman representative that has been "promised" a seat on the committee? As politicians begin calling for more base closures Fort Wood and Whiteman will be targeted. Seniority, experience and influence are our best insurance against losing these two huge economic engines. Regarding McClellan's closure Major General Martin was quoted once as saying "Our leaders did what's in the best interest of the Army and National Security"...."Unfort unately when you make tough decisions there will be people who suffer". Notice he did not say what was in the best interest of the communities or state. Just because Fort Wood and Whiteman are here today does not mean they will be forever. As a lifelong republican and a 25 year Army Veteran I place my confidence in Ike Skelton's proven leadership.
anon

Torrington, WY

#45 Oct 27, 2010
Thank you Retired Army, that was very well said....and thank you for your service.
wanita Silvey

Higginsville, MO

#46 Oct 27, 2010
I'm tired of Democratic people
Big Jim

AOL

#47 Oct 27, 2010
Ike has been for the working man for decades. He is stong on the 2nd admenment
Randyman

Clinton, IA

#48 Oct 28, 2010
Ike has let us down and led us down. He follows obama and pelosi
Best Shot

Osage Beach, MO

#49 Mar 17, 2011
I support the GOP
Say it aint so

Osage Beach, MO

#50 Mar 18, 2011
Hartsler is in town next month.
Xyz

Harrisonville, MO

#51 Mar 18, 2011
Xyz
OKdoK

Osage Beach, MO

#52 Mar 20, 2011
Hartler
Why not

Osage Beach, MO

#53 Mar 22, 2011
Hartzler's great
Really

Osage Beach, MO

#54 Mar 29, 2011
Where will Hartsler be in April?
Storeguy

Osage Beach, MO

#55 Mar 29, 2011
Hartzler will be in Osage Beach at the Lincoln Day dinner.

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