A new tag team at the regional airport

Published: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 1, 2006 at 1:05 a.m.
Those who recall their tenure as elected officials will shutter to learn that the county, mayor and City Commission have recently appointed W.E. "Mac" McEachern and Mark Goldstein to the Airport Authority.
You will cringe to recall the McEachern/Goldstein tag team of tumult and political gamesmanship on the Gainesville City Commission.
Your only solace may be to recall that, after wearing out the citizens with their antics, McEachern and Goldstein were summarily dismissed by the voters in subsequent elections. But guess what; they're back!
In an effort to take control of the airport, the mayor and City Commission appointed Goldstein to partner with McEachern. By reintroducing the McEachern/Goldstein "poison pill," the mayor and City Commission hope to sit back and watch our airport come unraveled.
This is perhaps a clever strategy to achieve the agenda of the politicians, but it does not serve the will of the people. And it certainly does not come without cost to the citizens, particularly those of east Gainesville. In the last 6 years, we've all benefited as the Gainesville Regional Airport has made great strides in becoming an economic engine with a bright future.
With strong leadership, a professional staff and a clear vision, they successfully recruited the exciting, high tech Eclipse Jet facility and its natural follow-on, DayJet. With these, it is anticipated that as many as 220 new jobs will be created on the premises located in East Gainesville where opportunity and good paying jobs are sorely needed.
Ah, but what's more important? Good paying jobs in east Gainesville? Or the political agenda of the mayor?

Pat Bainter,


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