by Chris Bodenner

The potential transfer of detainees to Standish, MI, has quickly become the central issue in the '10 gubernatorial race. One of the candidates - and perhaps the only Republican in either Michigan or Kansas to buck the party line - is state Senator Tom George of Kalamazoo. Here's his take:

The Standish prison is a maximum-security facility with an excellent safety record. There are legal precedents for housing federal inmates within Michigan, and it may be possible to negotiate a favorable intergovernmental agreement. During World War II, Michigan was the site of more than a dozen prisoner-of-war camps. We accounted for approximately 20 percent of America's armament production. ... Despite the risks of making Michigan a military target, our citizens did not hesitate to aid the war effort.

Such tough-minded pride and patriotism is sorely lacking in this debate.

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