I disagree with the Herald editorial board's description of good leadership. In 2010, the Port of Kennewick commissioners voted unanimously to keep Vista Field open. Instead of following through on that resolution, the commissioners only put a half-hearted effort into fulfilling it.
Project planning and fulfillment usually take unexpected turns. When one tactic doesn't work, an alternative is formulated and progress continues. The commissioners made minimal effort to service Vista Field. The commissioners take time to learn about other aspects of the port's responsibilities, but when it came to Vista Field, they never made an effort to learn about general aviation and limited the time staff could spend on it. They had to be influenced by nonelected interests eager to use the land for their own gain. The only elected body that wanted Vista Field closed was West Richland and that is a moot decision. West Richland benefits from the proximity of Richland Airport. You can land at that airport, use the courtesy car and be at West Richland City Hall in 10 minutes. Kennewick now does not have that option to offer business and government officials.
True leadership is following through diligently on resolutions made. The Port of Kennewick has always been disingenuous in its stewardship of Vista Field and the community will suffer from the loss of this asset.
KATHY WHITE, Kennewick