MTYT: Hosting the USS Gravely is an honor

By Gary McNair - bio|email

Wilmington is getting some very positive attention this week with the commissioning of the USS Gravely as the Navy's newest destroyer.  It's the second time we've hosted a commissioning in two years.  What a great honor.  It's a big deal for the Cape Fear area.

The thousands who get an up close look at the destroyer are getting a great chance to see the latest state of the art military equipment, and the city and state should be proud.  We beat out a couple other larger ports for the honor.

But there's also been a lot of talk about how much money the city and county are shelling out to assist with the Gravely visit.  I think this money is probably justified, but I don't know for sure.

You see, the folks involved with this have been less than forthcoming with our reporters, and when that happens, I tend to get suspicious.   Their actions would be much easier to support if they would just put it all on the table and tell us why they think it makes sense.

Nevertheless, I think we should be proud of what is going on here.  It's a good week.  But that pride should also include some courage by our government leaders to stand up and admit how they're spending taxpayer money for this event.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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