Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Say “Yes” to air

The 1 percent LOT for Air initiative is a refreshing and necessary investment to ensure our economic future. Our community should partner with Sun Valley Co. and help share the financial burden for retaining and improving our air service, and it is a step in what I hope is a positive long-term relationship.

I have been doing business here most recently for the past 12 years, and the decline in customers in so many of our small, local businesses over the past few years is truly frightening. This lack of customers not only affects the small business owners, but also the people we all employ.

Citizens for Air Service is working hard to reach out to as many individuals and organizations as possible with a lot of factual information, including full disclosure of projected allocation of funds, return on investment and more. These projections show that there is hope for our future. By supporting air service, we can bring in more people from more places, and provide better access for our local residents and commuter workforce as well.

We finally have an opportunity for all of our communities to collectively support a solution to our economic situation. Finally, we can do something together, throughout the valley, that will make a big difference. We now have the chance to vote on an issue that will help turn the tide, bring business and viability back to our streets, and make living in the valley more economically sustainable for us all. We need to stop the fear-based climate we have been living in and commit ourselves to making a better future. I say “Yes to Change,” “Yes to Choice” and “Yes to Air.”

Deborah Burns (“Burnsie”)


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