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Gov't pays for empty flights to rural airports


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  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 2:26 p.m.

    Yet another reason for the need of the Tea Party.

  • my slc Newport Beach, CA
    Aug. 12, 2011 2:14 p.m.

    This will affect 3 Utah airports, however the rate is set to expire December 31, 2011.

    Cedar City Regional airport - SkyWest
    Moab, Canyonlands Fields - Great Lakes Airlines
    Vernal, Vernal Regional - Great lakes Airlines

    Is air service needed to these communities? I dont know.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 12:50 p.m.

    'A spokesman for the Department of Transportation did not respond to a request for comment about the program, which has grown in scope and cost.' - ARticle

    And WHAT could have added to that cost?

    WHEN did the federal goverment start getting...bigger?

    'The TSA was created as part of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act, sponsored by Don Young in the United States House of Representatives[2] and Ernest Hollings in the Senate,[3] passed by the 107th U.S. Congress, and signed into law by President George W. Bush on November 19, 2001.'

    Patriot Act:
    'This Day in History: PATRIOT Act signed into law' - Melissa Green - Liberty Central - 10/26/10
    'On October 26, 2001 President George W. Bush signed the Patriot Act into law.'

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Aug. 12, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    This is just another example of federal government run amuck. The U.S. Dept. of Transportation has no business being involved in providing subsidized small plane fly by night air service from small town airports and call them regional airports. We are under duress with budgets at all levels of government. We can't afford it. Please don't give me this clap trap that it is an rural economic issue. The same thing goes for the U.S. Postal Service and all the Tajmahal's they build in out of the way rural towns. They are trying to downsize their organization but the U.S. Congress won't do it. They are also being subsidized by hundreds of millions every year. I am sick to death of this. We don't need Saturday mail delivery, and we could live with Monday, Wednesday and Friday delivery during the week as well. This is only the tip of the iceberg. We are not a Cadillac economy anymore. We can't afford the level of government we are saddled with today. Get real.