Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Air service impacts us all


When our family moved to the area full-time two years ago, we were pleasantly surprised to discover how many other professionals are making a go of it here. Through our daughter's class alone, we've met moms and dads who are behind high-tech startups, consultants, various professional disciplines—all of whom depend on communication and transportation to make living here possible. Unfortunately, several of these families have had to move recently—new friends we are saddened to see go; in every case, travel difficulties have been a factor.

We believe there are two key points often missed in the airport debate. One is in the statistics—declining numbers don't mean commercial travel is becoming less important; to the contrary, it's an indication that we need to do everything possible to make travel easier through flight choices and weather-resilient service.

Secondly, those who don't need or don't use commercial service and conclude it doesn't matter to them must remember that our valley's quality of life—restaurants, retail, the arts, recreation, government—depends on a sufficiently broad economic base. Use it or not, commercial service is essential to all of us.

BRAD CLEVELAND

KIRSTEN CLEVELAND

Sun Valley




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