Saturday, March 18, 2006
Keep two airports
The two airport system in our valley, which separates general aviation and commercial, is an ideal situation. As a student pilot, I don't particularly want to be in the traffic pattern of the 747, and I'm certain the 747 feels the same way. The Steamboat Springs Airport provides a vital service for all air travel.
Airport benefits city
Bob Adams Airport handles more than 11,000 takeoffs and landings every year. With the advent of new, inexpensive very light business and commuter jets, the volume of business-generating traffic at Bob Adams airport will increase significantly in the years to come. According to the Report of the Steamboat Tax Policy Advisory Board report in 2005, the airport covered 94 percent of its operating expenditures from user fees in 2003. That compares to only 71 percent for the Tennis Center and 84 percent for the Howelsen Ice Arena. Losing an asset like our local airport would be one of the worst decisions this city could make.
Prominent and poor
I'm calling in regard to the letter to the editor on naming suspects. I don't understand why, just because someone comes from a prominent family, their name should not be in the newspaper when they do something like slamming into a police officer, who is obviously pulled over because of a wreck. Once having hit a police officer and the police find some kind of illegal mushroom in the car, why should this person get the privilege of anonymity because he came from a prominent family. Why is it that John Smith or Joe Jones, because they are poor, should get their names in the newspaper but those from prominent families shouldn't?
Paying more taxes
Many of us wrote and asked for an exclusion with regard to the special taxing district to support the South Routt Medical Clinic. I see now that the county commissioners have decided not to allow those exclusions. Why are our requests ignored? Why don't the commissioners listen to the people who elected them? Let's say no to more taxes yet again.
Close the airport
The Steamboat Spring Airport should be closed. The land could be sold and used for affordable, deed-restricted housing and the proceeds could be used to buy a life-flight helicopter that could pick up injured people at the hospital and transport them to Denver more efficiently. That would save all the taxpayers money.
Airport is valuable
There has been a lot of money spent on the Steamboat Springs Airport, and it services an important general aviation need in this area. We should definitely keep it open.
Important mode of travel
Don't cave to development. The Steamboat Springs Airport provides a service to Northwest Colorado as much as any other mode of transportation.