If Mr. Michael Jones is the best PR man the airport has, I suggest they are in deep trouble. If he wants to prove the airport does indeed serve the entire county, he will need to do a much better job.
The only case he really made is that the airport’s primary function is to serve the wealthy patrons of the Pinehurst Resort and other hotels and country clubs. It most certainly does not keep home values climbing. That claim was ludicrous.
While I may not have agreed with everything in the original letter from Mr. Vetter, I do agree that the airport can be a noisy nuisance — and I don’t live near it. I must, however, live within one of its approaches because there’s no mistaking the sound of those small planes. I’ve heard jets make less noise.
If Mr. Jones wants to prove that the airport is really more than a rich man’s convenience, I suggest he demonstrate very clearly how much money the airport generates and where it goes, other than stating a measly $1.3 million contribution to the local tax base. That’s not a lot considering the size of the county. Having two public events a year, one of which is a paid, profit-oriented event, isn’t exactly Earth-shattering either.
In any case, Mr. Jones’ tone was every bit as vitriolic as Mr Vetter’s was and certainly didn’t endear a lot of people to the airport’s situation. I’m willing to bet that there are a lot more people that wouldn’t care if the airport closed than Mr. Jones would care to admit. He simply created more of them.
Charles Russell, Pinehurst
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