Originally created 11/05/02

Augusta should fund new airport



Some present and past Augusta Chronicle employees have tried to scare the general public with major articles against the very much-needed new airport without breaking out the figures and the bottom-line truth.

I would like to take the time to properly compare the numbers, knowing you may not actually print this letter because of how much it disagrees with your position, and how it shows the big picture in a brighter light.

The $64.4 million represents less than $325 for each person living in Richmond County, and less than $130 for each person living in the Central Savannah River Area.

My church, Wesley United Methodist Church, is in a campaign to raise funds and is hoping to get upward of $1,500 per member, per year for some great ministries. And while this is not an apple-to-apple comparison, it is almost sickening to see intelligent people shy away from supporting the most visible front door to our community (the airport).

Wake up, Augusta, get a can-do attitude and shuck off this defeatist attitude that partisan politics has festered here for years and years.

I am willing to bet that you could ask for donations from the surrounding communities and get quite a few million out of Aiken, Columbia, Burke, McDuffie and other CSRA counties to support a new airport with competitively priced fares to save them the time of driving to Columbia and Atlanta. Why not ask?

What about a new, larger, cleaner and more user-friendly civic center/performing arts theater, too? I would certainly put up my fair share, if the local populous puts up theirs.

Jim Bible III, Martinez, Ga.