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Airline priorities

March 26, 2013

The article, Fly the Friendly Skies, FAA to close 149 air traffic towers, was interesting. When you think of the FAA at the airport, the first thing that comes to mind is Air Traffic Controllers....

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Premier

Mar-26-13 2:19 AM

Robert don't blame Mr. Lahood. When you get orders from your boss who got orders from his boss who got orders from his boss ect. ect. you do what your told.

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mikekerstetter

Mar-26-13 3:53 AM

I said all along that Obama was ordering the cuts made in the most painful way possible.

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Tedeaux

Mar-26-13 5:28 AM

I haven't heard if President Obama plans on cutting back on his frequent golf outtings are the First Lady will cutting back on he lavish vacations without the Prez.

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CarlHiller

Mar-26-13 5:54 AM

The sequester could have been painless for the average citizen if they'd have just cut the King's budget by the 85 billion.

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ToTEXASfromPA

Mar-26-13 6:15 AM

Let's go for Sequester II.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-26-13 6:33 AM

While President Obama has decided your children cannot tour the White House due to a shortage of Secret Service personnel, his children are on Spring Break in the Bahamas with their friends and approximately 25 Secret Service agents.

While the economy is still weak, and millions of citizens are unemployed, the First Family exempts themselves from any changes in their lavish lifestyle....a lifestyle they did not live before being elected to office.

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rick424

Mar-26-13 6:54 AM

This is funny, cut, cut, cut. But not this. You on the right are an odd bunch.

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Premier

Mar-26-13 7:14 AM

Rick, if by "odd" you mean we are not "like you guys" well then yes we are some of the oddest people around.

Thanks for chearing us up.

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Josh84

Mar-26-13 7:37 AM

"A 2011 Government Accountability Officereport gave a sampling of the vastness of what could be cut, consolidated and rationalized in Washington: 44 overlapping job training programs, 18 for nutrition assistance, 82 (!) on teacher quality, 56 dealing with financial literacy, more than 20 for homelessness, etc. Total annual cost: $100 billion-$200 billion, about two to five times the entire domestic sequester.

Are these on the chopping block? No sir. It’s firemen first. That’s the phrase coined in 1976 by legendary Washington Monthly editor Charlie Peters to describe the way government functionaries beat back budget cuts. Dare suggest a nick in the city budget, and the mayor immediately shuts down the firehouse. The DMV back office, stacked with nepotistic incompetents, remains intact. Shrink it and no one would notice. Sell the firetruck — the people scream and the city council falls silent about any future cuts." --Dr. Charles Krauthammer

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CHayes

Mar-26-13 7:52 AM

Why would cuts need to be designed to make Republicans look like idiots? Then technically you'd be cutting the only job they excel at.

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nobud74

Mar-26-13 9:07 AM

Excellent, Josh.

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nobud74

Mar-26-13 9:11 AM

While the thought of towers closing may seem extreme and aimed at the "common man" (whoever that is), the reality is that we don't need all the towers manned. Technology has made those jobs expendable. That stinks, but that is the way it is. Perhaps, this is the first showing of a govt willing to reduce staffing and depts to help with our deficit. I don't believe so, but who knows, stranger things have happened.

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johnnyad3

Mar-26-13 9:29 AM

How many flights go in and out of our airport? I had lunch the other day at Cloud 9 around 1pm. The only activity were two small personal planes that flew in to have lunch too. It was very quiet.

I wonder what savings the airport would experience if it cut hours to just morning hours say from 6am to noon. And if they did that to small airports throughout the U.S., how much could be saved? Would it be enough to keep them open?

Mike, in the grand scheme of things, do you really think closing down our tower is the "most painful" to say people in Harrisburg, Philly, or Pittsburgh or the rest of the country? If you are out of town and you tell someone where you're from, do they next ask you where that is? Do you, or anyone else here, really care about the other 148 towers that will close?

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CHayes

Mar-26-13 9:55 AM

"How many flights go in and out of our airport?"

Commercial or private? During Little League week, or another week? There are usually 3 commercial flights in and out of the airport a day, and many corporate flights.

You seem to think Cloud 9 was opened to appeal only to people traveling in and out of the airport. I assure you that wasn't the case. Lunch isn't really when they're busy, because people usually go out to lunch very near where they work, and the airport is a little out of the way. Try going in for dinner some time.

Cloud 9, a private business will undoubtedly be effected by mass layoffs at the airport. A lot of their breakfast and lunch customers are without a doubt airport employees. I'll bet they'll wind up closing for breakfast and lunch, and several restaurant employees will lose their jobs. Heckuva job Brownie.

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CHayes

Mar-26-13 9:59 AM

"Do you, or anyone else here, really care about the other 148 towers that will close?"

Why WOULDN'T someone care about public safety issues being created in our own state, thousands of state residents being tossed out of decent jobs and thrown into the unemployment system, as well as tertiary private businesses that will be hurt?

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CHayes

Mar-26-13 10:02 AM

I think it's funny to watch Republicans going crazy trying to shift blame for the results of something they were cheering for a couple weeks ago.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-26-13 10:48 AM

Conservatives are not complaining about the cuts.

We are pointing out the hypocrisy of the Obama Administration.

There is plenty of money for Egypt, Jordan, and the Palestinians, but not for US cities.

There is plenty of money for security around another Obama vacation (1 per month)but none for school kids who want to visit DC.

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CMReeder

Mar-26-13 11:15 AM

The sniveling right, they want cuts then cry about the cuts. You wanted cuts now you have them, enjoy!

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johnnyad3

Mar-26-13 11:16 AM

Chayes - My point wasn't really having anything to do with Cloud 9. I was pointing out at one oclock in the afternoon, it was very quiet in the airport. But, you may be right about them closing during those times.

As far as safety goes, I am all for it. I want the airport to stay open with an operational tower. Don't you think if they cut the hours to keep the tower operational, it would be safer to those using the airport?

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CHayes

Mar-26-13 12:35 PM

"Don't you think if they cut the hours to keep the tower operational, it would be safer to those using the airport?"

I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean. I don't know about the rest of the airport staff, but I know the TSA employees at the airport, already work a schedule based around flights coming and going. They come in a bit before a flight comes or goes, then they leave after the flight is gone, and come back for the next.

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KrazyK

Mar-26-13 12:40 PM

No private or commercial flyers would be affected by the closing of the control tower. It is has been part-time for many years. If closed, pilots would simply follow procedures for a non-tower airport.

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CHayes

Mar-26-13 12:43 PM

"There is plenty of money for security around another Obama vacation (1 per month)but none for school kids who want to visit DC."

Am I mistaken, or is erik crying for "freebies"?

As to the vacation question:

"POTUS Tracker, compiled by The Washington Post, shows that from January 2009 to October 31, 2012, Obama spent all or part of 72 vacation days in a variety of places, mostly Hawaii in the winter and Martha's Vineyard in the summer. That's about 10 weeks away in three-and-a-half years, hardly extravagant. Through May 18, according to data from CBS's Knoller, he also visited Camp David 22 times, spending all of part of 54 days there....

George W. Bush spent 32 months at his ranch (490 days) or Camp David (487 days) — an average of four months away every year."

Apparently erik was for Presidential vacations before he was against them.

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CHayes

Mar-26-13 12:54 PM

ANY airport that lands 3 commercial flights a day, and has moderate to heavy private traffic, landing on multiple runways, should have a staffed tower.

That doesn't even take into consideration that IPT is in close proximity to a mountain, and has heavy private traffic durring Little League week, including slow flying blimps.

If the tower is closed at IPT, the airport should be closed. As long as the govt has a stake in it, they are legally liable for anything that happens there.

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MrShaman

Mar-26-13 1:01 PM

"I haven't heard if President Obama plans on cutting back on his frequent golf outtings are the First Lady will cutting back on he lavish vacations without the Prez." - Tedeaux

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...AND (this is just a guess), you ALSO hadn't heard that Lil' Dumbya Bush doled-out tax-cuts...right BEFORE he pulled-the-pin on 2 Wars (which maxed-out our National credit-card, and set-UP our present-situation)...right??

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CHayes

Mar-26-13 1:03 PM

Since erik went there, let's go there to:

"President Obama has spent all or part of 26 days "on vacation" during his first year as president, according to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller...

President Reagan, in 1981, spent all or part of 42 days away from the White House "on vacation" at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif, according to Knoller. President Reagan and his wife, Nancy, also spent three or four days around New Year’s Day each year in Palm Springs, Calif., at the home of philanthropist Walter Annenberg. (In 1993 the late Mr. Annenberg founded the nonpartisan Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, which is FactCheck****’s parent organization.)...

President George W. Bush spent even more time away from the presidential mansion in the nation’s capital than Reagan. Of the 77 total "vacation" trips the former president made to his Texas ranch while in office, nine of them — all or part of 69 days — ca

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