The Wright Response - March 28, 2013

By: Mike Wright Email
By: Mike Wright Email

TODAY, I’D LIKE TO RE-VISIT AN E-MAIL WE RECEIVED A COUPLE OF WEEKS BACK WHEN WE FIRST LEARNED OF THE GOVERNMENT’S THREAT TO SHUT DOWN SMALLER AIRPORT CONTROL TOWERS, LIKE EASTERWOOD.

G-S SENT US THIS NOTE:

With the FAA's threats to close the Easterwood Control Tower, please take a look at what the federal government has decided is more worthy than airport safety. The threat to close the control towers is purely a political stunt, and we depend on our news organizations to call the hand of those perpetrating these charades on the public.

I AGREED THAT WE SHOULD DO MORE WITH TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THIS WHOLE "SEQUESTER" THREAT, WITHHOLDING FUNDS, WHILE DEALING WITH BUDGETS. THEN - WHEN WORD WAS RELEASED THAT EASTERWOOD'S TOWER WAS INDEED LOSING FUNDING - OR AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT OUR LEGISLATORS, OR CONGRESS ARE SAYING, IT SEEMED G-S HAD A POINT…THE ONE ABOUT THIS BEING A POLITICAL STUNT.

FIRST, IF CONGRESS REALLY WANTED TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE AND GET RESULTS, WHY WOULD YOU TARGET THE HEART AND SOUL OF AMERICA? THE SMALLER COMMUNITIES WHICH - TOGETHER - WORK TO MOVE THIS COUNTRY FORWARD? WHY? BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT BULLIES DO. HERE'S HOW YOU FIX IT. PICK ON SOMEONE ALMOST YOUR OWN SIZE. HAVE THE GUTS TO THREATEN A SHUTDOWN OF THE CONTROL TOWER AT INTERCONTINENTAL IN HOUSTON - D-W-F, HECK - SHUT DOWN HOBBY, LOVE FIELD AND SAN ANTONIO - THEN SEE WHAT KIND OF RESPONSE YOU GET.

HOW FAST DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD FIND CONTROL TOWER MONEY AT THAT POINT? WHY WON'T YOU DO IT? WELL, IT IS HARD TO DO THAT. POLITICALLY, THEY'RE SCARED IT WOULD BE SUICIDE. FOR SMALLER AIRPORTS AND COMMUNITIES, WE DON'T HAVE THE SAY TO THAT GREAT OF A DEGREE, WHICH TELLS ME, YOU REALLY DON'T WANT TO FIX THIS BUDGET ISSUE AT ALL!

LOOK - I'M ALL FOR SACRIFICE FOR THE GREATER GOOD TO A DEGREE. IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME, TAKE A LOOK AT PERSONAL INCOME TAXES WE ALL PAID IN 2012, OR THE BACKDOOR TAX THAT NOW COMES OUT OF MY MEDICAL INSURANCE PLAN, SOMETHING NEW THIS YEAR. BUT RIGHT NOW IF I'M CHANCELLOR JOHN SHARP OR PRESIDENT R. BOWEN LOFTIN FROM A&M, I'M INSULTED THAT THIS CONTROL TOWER IS SUPPOSEDLY LOSING FUNDING. CHANCELLOR SHARP? PRESIDENT LOFTIN?

WHAT DOES THIS SAY ABOUT HOW MUCH A&M REALLY MEANS TO TEXAS OR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY? SURVEY SAYS? NOT MUCH - AND EVEN ONE OF THE LARGEST UNIVERSITIES IN THE COUNTRY IS CAUGHT UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS FAMILY FEUD. I GUESS WE GET TO KEEP ALL THE TAX MONEY THAT WILL BE GENERATED BY GLAXO-SMITH-KLINE LOCATING HERE.

IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYTHING IS BLACK OR WHITE. THERE IS NO GRAY, THERE IS NO MIDDLE GROUND. NO ONE REALLY WANTS TO SPEAK UP ANYMORE. ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE SO SCARED OF BEING POLITICALLY CORRECT THEY WON'T COLLECTIVELY PROTECT THE VERY PEOPLE WHO ARE KEEPING THE ECONOMY ALIVE! YOU CAN BE FINED OR ARRESTED FOR NOT HAVING YOUR HUNTING OR FISHING LICENSE AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME BUT NO ONE WANTS TO GET PROPER I-D TO ENSURE YOU CAN ACTUALLY VOTE AT OUR POLLING PLACES AS A U.S. CITIZEN.

YOU CAN GET TICKETED FOR PARKING IN THE WRONG PLACE AT A&M - OR SOMETIMES IN THE RIGHT PLACE - BUT WE WON'T DARE REQUIRE DRUG TESTING TO MAKE SURE THOSE TAKING GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE ARE LEGIT - BEFORE WE CONTINUE TO BE ENABLERS.

THIS ISN'T ABOUT THE LEFT OR THE RIGHT. IT IS ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY, BUT - NO ONE REALLY WANTS THAT MUCH ANYMORE EITHER - BECAUSE PEOPLE GET OFFENDED. WHILE WE LIVE IN THE GREATEST NATION IN THE WORLD AND TO QUOTE A SPORTS COLLEAGUE OF MINE FROM THE DALLAS AREA: "AND ARE BETTER OFF ON MOST DAYS THAN ANYONE ELSE," WHEN IT COMES TO THREATENING COMMUNITIES LIKE BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION AND AIRPORTS LIKE EASTERWOOD OF ALL PLACES, THOSE IN CHARGE OF THE BUDGET - GOT IT WRONG. WHY HERE? BECAUSE THEY CAN. BULLIES OPERATE LIKE THAT. AND MOST TIMES, BULLIES ARE COWARDS.

WE'LL RETURN TO MORE KBTX E-MAIL NEXT WEEK, THERE'S PLENTY - AND WE ALWAYS RESPECT YOUR OPINION. AND A SPECIAL WELCOME TO RICH JOHNSON TO THE KBTX WEATHER TEAM. YOU CAN READ ABOUT HIM ON LINE. AND YES, HE DROVE – HE DIDN’T FLY HERE. YOU DON’T WANT TO TAKE CHANCES LIKE THAT WITH THE STATUS OF THE CONTROL TOWER IN LIMBO.

BE IN TOUCH ANYTIME – YOUR OPINION ALWAYS MATTERS TO KBTX NEWS 3.


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