If you live in the Kennewick Port District, ask yourself this question: "Does your vision for our community five, 10 or 20 years from now, include a taxpayer-supported airfield in the middle of the city's professional, retail and entertainment district?" Please let the Port of Kennewick know your answer. The contact information is online at www.portofkennewick.org.
A lesson learned from my father: "When good people work hard to make something happen and it doesn't, it just might be that it isn't the right thing." Such is the case with Vista Field. People have been struggling to make it a viable airfield since the late 1970s. Today, more than 30 years later, the port commissioners are being asked to continue spending taxpayers' money to provide services to the few pilots who use the field.
Promises of multimillion dollar investments seem to evaporate as soon as pro-airfield candidates are elected. The city and port are under intense pressure from a small but vocal and well-funded special-interest group supporting Vista Field. Our elected officials need to hear from people throughout the port district -- from Finley to West Richland -- about where their tax money should be spent.
KIRK WILLIAMSON, Kennewick