Airport is economic Vietnam

July 30, 2013 

I found disgusting reading in the July 26 paper concerning MidAmerica Airport.

First of all, there is bickering between the county board and the Public Building Commission as to who should direct the future of MidAmerica Airport. Personally, I do not care who gets control of the airport. It should never have been built in the first place.

Most disgusting of all aspects in the matter is that nearly 30 percent of our property taxes go for airport expenditures. My property taxes have more than doubled since 1985 and there is no more appreciable quality of life today than in 1985.

The airport could well be referred to as an economic Vietnam and in more ways than one. First of all, it takes everything allocated for it and still requires more. Besides, a critic of our expenditure in Vietnam described it as a waste of billions of dollars and thousands of lives. He ended his commentary by saying, "And for what?" In much the same way, I look at my increased property taxes and ask the same thing: For what?

I wish more people would look into the rip-off that we were led into by the airport proponents. As Winston Churchill once said, "the best way for wrong to triumph is for good people to do nothing." It is about time we did something about the wrong that was inflicted upon us. Think about it when you pay your property taxes to the county.

Frank B. Austin

O'Fallon

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