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Missile base a good idea, but not everyone is sold


SHERMAN LAKE (WKZO) -- It could be “Star Wars” right next door.

The Missile Defense Agency took comment last on a proposal to put a ballistic missile defense facility at Fort Custer, rather than at three other proposed sites.

It would mean over 3 billion dollars in new construction, and 12-hundred permanent paychecks coming into the region.

Lt. Colonel Chris Snipes says this is just the early planning. All four of the finalist sites, including locations in Ohio, New York State and Maine meet the basic specs for a location for such a global defense system, saying the criterion is classified.

What they are trying to figure out now is where it would be accepted, supported, and the best place for employees on the base to live.

He says the missiles do not carry any warheads or explosives. They fly into space and take out the incoming missiles by crashing into them.

He says its like aiming a bullet at an incoming bullet.

Molly Mechtenberg gave comment for the record opposing the idea of locating missiles at Fort Custer, not because it might make us a target or because she wants to give peace a chance, but rather because she thinks the country has more pressing problems right now.

She says a 3-billion dollar missile base,using technology that doesn't work, is a misuse of taxpayers dollars when there are bigger priorities.

Congressman Fred Upton attended last night’s public meeting. He says with both Iran and North Korea developing intercontinental capability and ISIS sitting on a lot of cash, he thinks it’s a good idea to plan ahead.

'Upton thinks Fort Custer would be an attractive location to the Pentagon because of the quality of life and the cost of living in the area.

He also thinks it would be less expensive to build it here.

The Input session was held at the YMCA Sherman Lake Campsite last evening.

Snipes says it will take two years to pick a site, and three to five years to build it, unless some better missile-killing technology comes along.

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