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Our opinion: Flying on Uncle Sam

February 25, 2013

Bradford Regional Airport is one of more than 100 small, rural airports across the country that rely on a federal subsidy to stay open because its operations aren’t sustainable on their passenger......

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OldWarrener

Mar-24-13 1:07 PM

Pick an airport facility central to the region (Jamestown) and make it a real airport capable of serving the region. Warren, Bradford and surrounding area to Jamestown is nothing in terms of travel time or distance. It takes an hour+ to get to JFK from the city. What you have here is the same situation as the post service. Too many offices, not enough mail.

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MTOMTO

Feb-26-13 5:03 PM

I wish that Warren still had an airport so I wouldn't feel sooooo isolated.

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garypayton

Feb-26-13 1:41 PM

United States Census Bureau.

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MTOMTO

Feb-26-13 11:28 AM

I feel so alone, so very, very alone.

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25or624

Feb-26-13 10:16 AM

OMG, have the feds closed U.S. Route 219? Are there road blocks on Route 6? If we had a road that served only 10 cars per day, would we plow it in the winter? Isolation? Really?

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MTOMTO

Feb-26-13 10:16 AM

If they don't meet the minimum, shut it down.

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Riggle

Feb-26-13 9:45 AM

The point is that the presence of the Bradford Airport is important to this area's infrastructure; not that it is a "private business". It's interesting that people think that this area should be an "island" and only supported by our shrinking and aging population. Just what we need--isolationism.

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MTOMTO

Feb-26-13 9:14 AM

Private aircraft ownership in Alaska is 1 in 6 people. Considering that most of the population lives in larger cities, like Anchorage, and that ownership among native Alaskans is low, the ratio increases dramatically for the people living in outlying areas.

Having been there, you will see planes in people's back yards with their own or small community private airstrip.

The average aircraft ownership in the lower 48 is about 1 in 400.

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25or624

Feb-26-13 8:24 AM

Riggle, you can't possibly be suggesting that Bradford, Pa. is as remote, isolated and inaccessible as the wilds of Alaska.

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Riggle

Feb-25-13 8:31 PM

Dear folks, as I commented before, I thank Thompson for his support of the Bradford airport. If any of you happen to watch the Alaska Air program on TV, everything there is supported by the Federal Government. If the Federal support didn't exist, most of Alaska would be totally isolated, which is what "theMattMobile" means. I agree. One more thing along that line--remember the F5 tornadoes of 1986? That is the reason we should all support the "Sandy" aid.

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Riggle

Feb-25-13 6:50 PM

I applaud Thompson's support for the Bradford Airport.

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colorado

Feb-25-13 6:28 PM

Care to share your sources for that claim.

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garypayton

Feb-25-13 4:11 PM

How right you are life long. The numbers tell us that we should have consolidated into one high school 25 years ago.

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garypayton

Feb-25-13 4:09 PM

There isn't enough money "close to home" as you put it. We get nearly all our public project money from taxpayers in higher population areas with higher incomes. We're a bunch of freeloaders!!!!

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Lifelongresident

Feb-25-13 3:40 PM

Gary your 1:48pm comment.

I can't help but put this into context of our own little school district.

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colorado

Feb-25-13 2:55 PM

I wouldn't have any problem with our own area funding our own projects as long as our tax dollars would stay in our own area and not be used to fund other wasteful government projects in other areas of the country that we get no benefit from. The closer to home you keep your own money the more wisely it will be used.

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garypayton

Feb-25-13 2:44 PM

Disagree all you want, but you are getting free stuff on other people's tax dollars. That's what you call welfare, right?

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garypayton

Feb-25-13 1:48 PM

If this region had to pay for all the infrastructure we enjoy, we'd still have only dirt roads and no electricity.

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25or624

Feb-25-13 10:22 AM

Mattmobile, I would submit that FCI McKean would not exist had not Bill Clinger faced a difficult re-election bid one term. Do you think the feds would abandon FCIMcKean if the airport closed? I hope you don't think Con Air was a documentary.

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justobserving

Feb-25-13 9:49 AM

Sorry to say,but, get ready folks because there are going to be lots of cuts coming down the road. The State and Federal Governments can not afford to pay for every losing venture out there! writer10, Government waste at it's finest was Bank of America(and others), and General Motors!!!!!

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Themattmobile

Feb-25-13 3:07 AM

I should have added that FCI McKean would not exist had it not been for the airport.

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Themattmobile

Feb-25-13 3:04 AM

I think we forget what airports represent to our infrastructure.Sure,if you account for passenger usage at times, Bradford may seem like a waste of money but in fact, it is the potential need that we should be focused on. As we watch our local industries relocate one by one, does it make sense to isolate N.W. Pa. even more? I felt that when Warren County abandoned the airport authority we made a mistake. Let's use I-86 as a perfect example. I have been repeatedly thankful for the convenience of that highway on my many medical trips to Erie. I am very surprised by the lack of traffic on it at times, particularly eastbound from Erie to Jamestown. Should we close that part of it? If you guage its need by useage alone, we should return the land to pasture.

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writer10

Feb-25-13 2:19 AM

I wonder if the government would pay me some tax payers dollars to run a sock store in downtown Warren. No chance that it will make it on it's own, but with government assistance I could make it happen.

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writer10

Feb-25-13 2:18 AM

If it can not support it's self why are the tax payers shelling out to keep it going. Government waste at it's finest.

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