July 20, 2019

Airport not needed

Reading Bill Trotter’s article “Down East airport plan narrows to two sites” (BDN, Nov. 21), one would think that this proposed airport is desperately and immediately needed by a vast majority of folks living in Machias and vicinity. This said, it should be noted that Washington County has at least three operating airports: Machias, Eastport and Princeton, none of which see an awful lot of traffic.

But the officials in Machias, Maine DOT and the FAA are determined for some unknown reason to force this absurd, multi-million-dollar project onto the tax-paying residents of Washington County without first seeking their approval. A countywide vote must be allowed before another misguided step is taken (as in the Jonesboro fiasco), and before more tax dollars are wasted.

How about sending some mass transit this way instead, something that would be useful to the majority?

Les Simon


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