Letter to the editor

Lt. Col. Mark Dalla Betta certainly doesn't need my help making a point, but it would appear that the writer of the March 15 letter, in response to the colonel's letter, has missed the bus.

Whether the Navy Marine Corps Intranet is a good idea and a great deal for the Marine Corps or the Navy is not the point. The point is this: If you've got something to say, stand up, identify yourself and say it.

If NMCI is or will be as bad for the naval service as all of these anonymous letter writers seem to believe, then they should demonstrate a little fortitude and step forward with identified problems, data to support their claims and perhaps a few proposed solutions.

If I read these writers correctly, a great evil is being inflicted on our beloved Marine Corps and Navy — and the best they can muster is a little anonymous whining and moaning from some dark corner of the room. How about a little moral courage?

I don't know if the writers were military or civilian as they didn't identify themselves. Regardless, be a leader, have the courage of your convictions and step up with your concerns and make them known.

If all their dire predictions are true and NMCI turns out to be an unmitigated disaster, it will be no credit to the masked whiners of cyberspace. Being right means nothing if you won't risk being wrong.

Capt. Ed Taylor
Marine Corps Combat Development Command


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