Jacksonville flights are the proper choice for leaders


Published: Thursday, July 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 at 10:50 p.m.

I disagree with W. E. McEachern (Voice, June 10). As a taxpayer, I am both grateful for the time and research that went into purchasing trip tickets and all efforts spent by city officials comparing prices between Gainesville and Jacksonville before spending our money.

The delegation ultimately saved roughly $10,000, some of it taxpayer money, before even leaving Florida; that is wise money management. So what if civic and business leaders flying out of Jacksonville makes a few people mad. Maybe it is time people of Gainesville get a little angry.

Travelling often, I find myself going to Orlando or Jacksonville because flights are simply cheaper. Tickets cost $200 to $300 less for me to fly out of Jacksonville or Orlando versus Gainesville.

I applaud them for not wasting our hard-earned money on a simple self indulgence such as convenience, which is what the Gainesville Regional airport is - a matter of convenience. Gainesville Regional Airport certainly is not about offering fair, competitive airfare from Gainesville to anywhere.

It is the airport that is holding the citizens hostage with outrageous airfares forcing us and our city officials to have to drive over 100 miles to get the fair competitive rates we can only find in Jacksonville and Orlando.

Anyone who feels our city officials disgraced us by choosing Jacksonville needs to rethink his or her priorities and perceptions. Our city officials actually honored us, the taxpayers.

D.C. Downey,

Alachua

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