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Contain cost of hosting military


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 10, 2014

~~<p>As the drumbeat intensifies, it's hard not to rally to the cause and fight for Hawaii's portion of the military-industrial complex, estimated at $8.8 billion yearly in expenditures to the islands. Maintaining that heady economic level, as well as Hawaii's pivotal position as restrategizing occurs across the Asia-Pacific, remains crucial -- but beware of overeager lures that shortchange other priorities for the permanent local population.</p>
<p>To wit: Renewed plans to resume controversial live-fire training at Makua Valley raise concerns, as does Gov. Neil Abercrombie's magnanimous offer of state land and capital to develop housing initiatives for additional troops to minimize Pentagon investment.</p>
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As the drumbeat intensifies, it's hard not to rally to the cause and fight for Hawaii's portion of the military-industrial complex, estimated at $8.8 billion yearly in expenditures to the islands. Maintaining that heady economic level, as well as Hawaii's pivotal position as restrategizing occurs across the Asia-Pacific, remains crucial -- but beware of overeager lures that shortchange other priorities for the permanent local population.

To wit: Renewed plans to resume controversial live-fire training at Makua Valley raise concerns, as does Gov. Neil Abercrombie's magnanimous offer of state land and capital to develop housing initiatives for additional troops to minimize Pentagon investment. Login for more...



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