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Some airports are not necessary

March 29, 2012
Daily Press


Letter to Senator Carl Levin

Re: My local newspaper article March 6, 2012, on your report about Congress approving legislation to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration, including the Senate's push to preserve the Essential Air Service Program of (1987)

Dear Senator:

You positively astonish me with your push and vote to continue the E.A.S. without analyzing the costs of each airport and their absolute need vs. other logical alternatives to assist in reducing our catastrophic 10 to $15 trillion national debt.

I have addressed this problem before, but you avoid answering the direct question. Why?

I find little logic in taxpayers paying to support Muskegon, when Grand Rapids is only 40 miles distance. The situation is for Alpena when Pellston is relatively nearby. Then there is Manistee 62 miles south of Traverse City.

Here in the Upper Peninsula the EAS subsidizes Houghton, Sault Ste. Marie, Escanaba, Iron Mountain-Kingsford and Ironwood. It's my opinion that Escanaba and Iron Mountain-Kingsford could logically use K.I. Sawyer which is approximately 60-65 miles north and has more daily flights in and out than these two airports share flights using small (35) passenger airplanes. Could Ironwood use a Wisconsin airport?

Oh, sure I know that everyone wants their own local airport service, as long as someone else pays for the bill. But the time has come for Congress to get some smarts if our national debt is ever going to be reduced and our annual budget balanced. Or don't you agree?

The article goes on to state that there are eight EAS subsidized airport communities in the state of Michigan. Why shouldn't there be an independent, thorough investigation into the logical feasibility of eliminating some of these EAS subsidized airports where there are other airports available? Also, include the other 49 states.

Is it really any wonder that the public, in general, has such a low opinion for its government in Washington?

PS: Even prostitution creates jobs, through evil!

Robert Gifford

Rapid River



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