The Port of Kennewick's executive director presented a list of items prepared by Mike Shannon titled "FBO Lease Consideration" to the Port of Kennewick commissioners for them to consider. The list was presented to the commissioners and misinterpreted, or at worst misrepresented, as a counterproposal by Mr. Shannon when in fact the list merely contained points for discussion. Mr. Shannon was in no way involved in the process and the commissioners have made no attempt to contact Mr. Shannon to gain a better understanding of his submitted list. Unfortunately, the Tri-City Herald (TCH) editorial board reported in their May 13, 2012, editorial that, "Shannon presented a proposal for $20 million to $33 million over a 30-year contract to operate the airport." Mr. Shannon did not present a proposal. Neither the TCH Editorial Board nor members of their staff have made an effort to contact Mr. Shannon to determine the truth of the statement, including the estimates reported by the port's executive director. It seems the least they could do is to interview Mr. Shannon and report his position.
I agree with the TCH's conclusion, "But more needs to be known about the actual costs and benefits to taxpayers before the port can sign an agreement with any private operator for the facility." But let the citizens hear both sides of the story before they decide whether retaining Vista Field makes sense. I assume the discussions will continue to be in good faith without bias against retaining Vista Field entering into the outcome.
-- MAX KREITER, Richland