Army Knife or Pen Knife?
By Jack A. Eckert
the Coast Guard as the Governmentís ďSwiss Army Knife.Ē What a great
Take a good look at
the knife and see what it can do. In one small pocket tool there is a knife,
bottle opener, can opener, scissor, nail file, screw driver, Phillipís head
screw driver, awl, and a saw. Several of the tools themselves can do a multitude
of things, some dependent on the skill of the user.
Hardly a comparison
Which one would you
rather have along with you to help you in your usual and sometimes unusual
happenings? Which of these knives have a better chance to save the day?
For the last how many
years the Government has been able to take itís Swiss Army Knife, the U.S.
Coast Guard, out of itís pocket and use it to perform how many different jobs.
Save property and lives, enforce the laws of the sea, maintain the aids to
navigation systems, perform oceanographic work, round up refugees before the sea
overwhelms them, build and operate loran stations, fight wars, fight fires,
protect our fishing fleets, break ice, run down drug smugglers, and on and on
the list goes. The U.S. Coast Guard can do almost anything it has to just as
does the Swiss Army Knife.
No other government
agency is as well managed and as versatile as the Coast Guard. Name another if
But it is in danger
of becoming just another penknife in the Governmentís pocket. It could become
stifled by a new agency and lose itís well known and much appreciated
versatility as the new agency defines and redefines itís mission. Maybe it
will be just another ďCop ShopĒ or maybe just stand on ceremony.
What do you think?
Should the Government keep itís trusty old Swiss Army Knife or throw it away
and just carry a penknife?
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