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Re: Leonard N. Fleming’s Jan. 13 report, “Aerotropolis may finally take flight in Wayne County”:
There are now six Next Michigan Development Corporations in our State: VantagePort, I-69 corridor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Traverse City and Escanaba.
Both Republicans and Democrats agreed to pass and continue this state policy.
As the author of Public Act 275 of 2009, I’m glad to see the continued work and interest of fostering the creation of jobs in our state.
State Rep. Doug Geiss, D-Taylor
Wrong idea for Michigan
The Aerotropolis an idea that should be stopped now, Metro Airport is in a decline as less airlines resulted from the mergers and less flights, as many are canceled to get more paying customers into aircraft.
Michigan is in decline as workers go to states paying a living wage, and the workers here are becoming economic slaves working just to live in service jobs that pay far less than manufacturing.
Propaganda once again printed in The News for profit of the few at the expense of the many does not justify any Aerotropolis and a grab by special interests at taxpayer money.
Paul A. Heller, Washington
This smells of a pre-election promotion to help a certain embattled county executive.
Tom Yack, Canton
If tax incentives are needed for job growth, why not just lower taxes? Answer: we want to control what jobs are created.
Dana Green, Detroit
Has anyone thought about the increased air traffic above our homes in the surrounding communities? What happens when you try to sell your home in the future with 747’s flying low overhead?
Ronald Bureau, Canton
The elephant on the bridge
Re: Dennis Lennox’s Jan. 13 column, “Bridgegate won’t end Chris Christie”: As if the public hasn’t enough filler added to their daily lives we are now inundated with story after story about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s supposed “political retribution” toward the Fort Lee, NJ mayor. Strange, isn’t it? How this story, a story best suited for the state it concerns rather than national news, has become more important than the Fast & Furious, IRS and most of all Benghazi scandals?
Scandals that affect the entire country have now either been put on the back burner or forgotten completely. Out of sight, out of mind? Or just ignore the elephant in the room? It sure appears that way.
Ronald Navickas, Shelby Township
The 9/11 connection
The chattering class seems to be munching on Bridgegate, but most of the discourse seems to be centered on Gov. Chris Christie’s news conference — that exhaustive and excessive exercise in repetitive, redundant apologizing, what the ongoing investigation will find, and what that will mean for his 2016 presidential prospects.
While I find it hard to swallow that someone so demonstratively hands on has. in this instance. transformed into an easily duped delegator.
I think once is enough for “I’m sorry” — its overuse diminishes its impact and value — but what really bugs me is that no mention has been made of the chronological overlap of the dates of the lane closures with the 11th anniversary of 9/11.
Deliberately engineering it so that all those commuters were stranded on the nation’s busiest bridge, in and out of a city that was attacked on that day, could have made them sitting ducks for a commemorative terrorist attack. If that had happened, the New Jersey Governor’s aspirations for higher office, the coattails those very staffers were riding on, would have been over. What were they thinking?
Karen DeLuca, Alexandra, Va.