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What Cronkite left out

In his column, Walter Cronkite told only part of the story. I, too, agree that the installation of transponders on merchant ships would be nice; but there is only so much money available for various agency budgets. Walter did not mention that all ships calling in U. S. ports must give their arrival times to U. S. officials well in advance of arrival.

Another program started after 9/11 was the inspection of cargo containers prior to being loaded on ships bound for the U.S. This is a very important line of defense. Once a container is on a ship, no amount of radio contact, transponders, etc., will help if a container with a WMD is on board.

Shortly after 9/11, I was in New York for our annual dinner meeting of The Marine Society of the City of New York, an organization of less than 350 members. Walter and I are both members. He would have been impressed with the featured speaker discussing this same topic.

The impression I got from Cronkite’s article is that he does not like the recent tax cuts and is using that as the reason why we lack this one element of defense.

Mike Blanton

Nevada City

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