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John P. Murtha Airport And Federal Money Pit  
User currently offlineChicagoflight From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 87 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/power-pl...-american-taxpayers-100702844.html

This article made my blood boil. In this age of runaway government spending, this is a prime example of how incredibly trapped we are as a nation that allows this kind of waste. It's sad to see that this is in the airline transportation sector where the money for this unnecessary airport could go to so many other air transport infrastructure needs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essential_Air_Service

Waste waste waste

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User currently offlinejfklganyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 3379 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2376 times:

This is how pork barrel spending works.

But I won't let this get too political...so I'll just say this.

The Democrat from Penn gets his airport while the Republican from Georgia gets his interchange.

You scratch my back, I scratch yours...that's why it has and will continue to happen


User currently offlineChicagoflight From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2265 times:

Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 1):
The Democrat from Penn gets his airport while the Republican from Georgia gets his interchange.

But at least the interchange is being used ... ?


User currently offlinemayor From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 10347 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2121 times:

This is as bad as MidAmerica airport in southern Illinois. Just another way to fleece the taxpayers.


"A committee is a group of the unprepared, appointed by the unwilling, to do the unnecessary"----Fred Allen
User currently offlineatcsundevil From Germany, joined Mar 2010, 1137 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1916 times:

This has been in the news on and off for years. It was just after "the bridge to no where", so it became "the airport for no one".

Someone may know better, but I don't think it qualifies for EAS funding anymore under the new guidelines in the FAA Reauthorization Bill. So this shouldn't be a money pit for much longer, which means Colgan will stop flying and it'll be a really fancy GA airport.



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User currently offlineapodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4234 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1908 times:

Back when the news outlets broke this story years ago when John Murtha was still alive, Republicans offered an amendment on the house floor to strip funding for this as a way of curbing pork barrel spending. Of course it failed on a party line vote, which means that the democrats didn't have the guts to take on a senior member of their leadership. This is what is wrong with washington, period.

User currently offlineikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21474 posts, RR: 60
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1867 times:

Someone in he comments section posted this: "I would have preferred Mothra airport."

Classic LOL.



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User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8942 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1774 times:

Perhaps another airport could purchase some of the systems used there and actually put it to use?

And this airport is only two hours away from PIT according to google maps.



"If goods do not cross borders, soldiers will" - Frederic Bastiat
User currently offlineCush From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1562 times:

Murtha was a joke. He did absolutley nothing for the state or his area, except for this airport for no one.

I have a number of friends who live in and around Johnstown, and they drive to Pittsburgh (PIT) anytime they are flying. Johnstown Airport isn't even an option for them.

It's sad to see such a waste, yet Latrobe (LBE) is growing and has proven that it can support scheduled flights without any government assistance.

By the way, did i mention what a joke Murtha was? It's a shame he is still screwing us over, even after his death... I guess dead or alive he can't do any good.



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User currently offlinetharanga From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1861 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1534 times:

Quoting jfklganyc (Reply 1):

The Democrat from Penn gets his airport while the Republican from Georgia gets his interchange.

You don't have to even go that far. Bud Shuster, republican also from Western PA, was a king of pork spending on transport - he chaired the relevant committee, so he had power there. championed funding for another questionable airport, Bedford County.


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