Letter to the editor
It is ironic that the person with direct input on the Coast Guard's budget Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky is worried about a "monster that will eat
us alive." ["Coast Guard confident despite Deepwater wake," Federal Computer Week, May
That monster has already been created. Its name is "decay," and it is
in fact eating the Coast Guard alive. The erosion of efficiency in the Coast
Guard's equipment and personnel was caused by years of paltry funding by
Capitol Hill, even though the Coast Guard has been rated one of the best-managed
agencies in the entire federal government.
Likewise, JayEtta Hecker's comments give rise to irony when she is quoted
as saying the Deepwater project "depends on a sustained and high level of
funding" to come to fruition.
One would hope so. After all, if the Coast Guard had an appropriate
level of funding for a sustained period of time, the service wouldn't be
in such dire straits today.
Rogers and Hecker may have made the Coast Guard's case despite their
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