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Editorial: Cape Air

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Two months after it began flights between Cape Girardeau Regional Airport and Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Cape Air was officially welcomed as the latest provider of commercial air service under the federal Essential Air Service program that subsidizes flights to smaller markets.

It was good to have something to celebrate. Recent commercial passenger carriers at the airport had seen boardings drop for a variety of reasons. In its first two months Cape Air has brought back a sizable and growing number of passengers who like the convenience of flying from Cape Girardeau.

Cape Air's success is attributed to reliable service, more frequent flights and catering to customers' needs. Still to come is a code-sharing agreement with American Airlines that is to begin in April, Cape Air officials said. This will be another improvement likely to encourage even more passengers.

Another positive announcement was Cape Air's commitment to improving service by adding more flights and considering a second destination for local air passengers. Paducah's air service now flies jets to Chicago, a hub for both domestic and international flights.

The Cape Air service is a bright note in the city's fanfare of regional services.


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"Essential Air Service program that subsidizes flights to smaller markets."

Were I in Congress, I would work to eliminate this program from federal funding. We have to borrow from China to subsidize every passenger that flies. This adds to the debt our grandkids will be obligated for.

If this were a worthy enterprise, private money would come forward to support it.

To see how costly the previous carrier (and this program) was, visit:

http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/mound-c...

Thanks,

Larry Bill, Independent Conservative Candidate for Congress, 8th District, Missouri

visit: http://larrybill.com/

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 8:29 AM

Cape Air's success is attributed to reliable service...

Is there a measurement here - number of cancelled flights, weather delays - compared to some industry benchmark?

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 8:44 AM

"Essential Air Service program that subsidizes flights to smaller markets."

Were I in Congress, I would work to eliminate this program from federal funding.

Larry Bill, Independent Conservative Candidate for Congress, 8th District, Missouri

visit: http://larrybill.com/

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 8:29 AM

Well OK, just like that? No review of why some regions felt they needed assistance. No review of the existing program or how it might be improved, or sunsetted? No consideration of unintended consequences? How about the real reason we borrow from China - not the measly billions that Obama keeps harping about. Beware of campaign promises. One ditch to the other?

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 8:52 AM

blogsbudsman,

Thanks for the debate. The problem we have is our incumbent politicians of both parties are bankrupting our country.

They speak to us in platitudes ("we need to control our debt"), yet they present no concrete examples of where spending can be reduced. I am not afraid to do this, even if it affects our hometown.

Do you realize how many hours of overtime have to be worked by taxpayers at the Proctor and Gamble plant to pay for a $1.6 million bicycle bridge Kit Bond earmarked for Cape Girardeau?

Thanks,

Larry Bill, Independent Conservative Candidate for Congress, 8th District, Missouri

visit: http://larrybill.com/

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 9:40 AM

blogsbudsman,

Thanks for the debate. The problem we have is our incumbent politicians of both parties are bankrupting our country.

-- Posted by nolimitsonthought on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 9:40 AM

I enjoy a good debate. And your comment above is indisputable. This country and its economy and its governing and its politics is a big ol' boat that needs to be turned. We need representatives that can find that edge and turn her without scraping the bank - before we run aground.

All of us will be most interested in the campaigns this go-around. I believe there will be more 'listening' than ever before. And with the internet and on-line news and Comment sections and tea parties and well funded information campaigns from all interests; there will be much to sort through.

I compliment your bravery to enter the fray; and welcome your participation to what will be the most important decisions made by our citizens since the Civil War.

For the record,

Randy Dunn

Oak Ridge, MO

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 10:08 AM


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