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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 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2536 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, 3480 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2418 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 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2307 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, 10427 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2163 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 United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 1205 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1958 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.


User currently offlineapodino From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 4280 posts, RR: 6
Reply 5, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1950 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, 21531 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1909 times:

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

Classic LOL.



Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
User currently offlinePPVRA From Brazil, joined Nov 2004, 8964 posts, RR: 39
Reply 7, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1816 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, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1604 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.



Fly me to the moon let me play among the stars.
User currently offlinetharanga From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1865 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1576 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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