Dig deeper on airport towers


The March 2 article, Towers closing at two airports, was superficial and uninspired. The FAA must cut $600 million due to sequestration, but this is only 1.25 percent of its massive $48 billion budget. It defies belief that the only choice the FAA has is to close nearly 50 percent of the control towers in the United States, and not coincidentally, all of the out-sourced contract towers.

National Air Traffic Controllers Association has long been critical of these private, non-union tower operations.

I would think the authors could have better served their readers by pointing out facts like these and digging a little deeper into possible motives the current administration may have in directing funding cuts into high-profile areas such as public safety and the administration’s cozy relationship to unions.

Jim Wood, Jacksonville

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