If it weren't so tragic, I would have laughed at your June 21 editorial "Abortion folly." You chided Michigan's lawmakers for being more concerned with "new restrictions on abortion" than what you deem Michigan's much more important "tottering" infrastructure and economy in "crisis."
These liberal attitudes are the real tragedy, as roads, bridges, buildings, and especially money are placed higher on the ladder of importance than the miracle of life itself.
Vision's schedule left most up in air
The Vision Airlines experiment failed because its scheduling targeted retirees and was unfriendly to working people ("Vision Airlines ends Toledo route; Poor ticket sales cited as cause; service to S.C. lasted less than month," June 22).
When I first read about the service, I hoped it would provide an early Saturday morning trip to Myrtle Beach with a late-Sunday return. If so, I planned to book as many as six trips this summer.
Flying from nearby Toledo Express would have been perfect. No missed work time. No lost vacation days. Most of two days at the beach or golf course over the weekend.
A schedule such as this would have gone viral, particularly among the young professionals Toledo needs to attract. Instead, it was Friday down with a Monday return. For those of us who work, this would have killed two business days.
I commend the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority for pursuing these opportunities, but it should be aggressive in offering marketing guidance to small carriers.
Failed airline an ill wind for airport
Why does the port authority keep chasing windmills such as Vision Airlines and sending taxpayer dollars down the drain? The port authority received a grant to support development of new flights, but the funding for that grant came from the taxpayer.
I am a golfer. If I were going to Myrtle Beach, I would want to go in early spring, late fall, and possibly winter, but not in the summer when courses are open in the Toledo area.
Maybe The Blade should start putting pressure on Jerry Chabler, the chairman of the port authority board of directors' airport committee, to think and act like a businessman with vision instead of blaming local people for not "stepping up to the plate."
In the private sector, how long could he lose this kind of money and not be fired? He should retire, and airport operations should be returned to the City of Toledo.
Toledo Express needs sole focus
It's no surprise that people drive to Detroit Metro Airport, where they can fly almost anywhere. It's more expensive, time-consuming, and congested, but there is no feasible alternative.
Perhaps it's time to separate Toledo Express from the port authority and create an authority with the exclusive goal of making our airport function profitably.