Monday, August 29, 2005


Sue's problem with West Point?

Last week, when the Pentagon's Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) recommended closing Fort Monmouth in New Jersey, they also recommended moving the base's prep school, known as West Point Prep, to the campus of West Point Military Academy in Orange County. News of the move was even noted in London's Guardian newspaper. And while both New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton hailed the move to bring the school, which has around 200 students, to West Point as a positive, Sue was a bit more sanguine.

In a statement that appeared in this article in the Times Herald Record -- does she ever just talk to a reporter instead of having her spokesman fax a statement? -- Sue said the expansion needed to be done "in a way that recognizes the needs of surrounding communities."

Like many prestigious colleges, there's always been a certain amount of town and gown strife between the school and the Town of Highland, where West Point is based. Still, it seems kind of odd that Sue, who claims to be both pro-small business and a patriot, would consider the academy's expansion and the jobs that come with it as a potential negative.

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