Letters to the Editor

MidAmerica has had unflattering press

There’s been a recent flurry of new articles featuring MidAmerica Airport. Unflattering commentaries appeared in USA Today and Huffington Post, while others were published on-line in the UK and Australia. The articles didn’t uncover anything new just rehashed MAA’s long history of futility.

Beloved football coach Joe Paterno once said, “Publicity is like poison; it doesn’t hurt unless you swallow it.”

The timing of this bad press couldn’t be worse for St. Clair County leadership, especially with the siting choice decision for NGA–West on the horizon.

What do federal officials, especially those involved in NGA’s search for a new home, think when they read unvarnished accounts of St. Clair County’s record of less-than-stellar fiscal management? Does the county’s main claim to fame, managing a “ghost airport,” have relevance in the decision-making process?

Like entertainer Mae West said, “An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises.”

Try this analogy: You shop for a new car at a dealership offering an unbelievably low-low sticker price. The kicker … all future servicing and maintenance has to be accomplished by them in spite of their long after-the-sale record of ineptitude.

BND’s coverage of the county’s “seducing of NGA” fails to address the impact of the sad state of state and local government affairs on the process. Does the county’s lack of airport acumen, as previously featured on NBC News “The Fleecing of America,” encourage NGA’s jump into a long-term business relationship?

I guess only time will tell.

Bill Malec, O’Fallon