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Illinois doesn’t need Peotone

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Gov. Pat Quinn

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Updated: November 2, 2012 6:11AM

Gov. Pat Quinn is again promoting the proposed Peotone airport, as if it were needed, as if the bankrupt airline industry were not totally opposed, as if the limited jobs created would amount to more than temporary construction jobs, as if it would be anything other than a white elephant, like downstate MidAmerica airport, sitting virtually empty for the last 14 years, as if powerful regional player Mayor Rahm Emanuel had not expressed opposition to Peotone.

Quinn wants the Illinois General Assembly to appropriate another $71 million to forcefully take land from unwilling farmers and homeowners for an airport that is years from FAA approval and will probably never be built.

I have questions for the governor. Who will pay for the airport? Who will pay for surrounding infrastructure, such as new and upgraded roads, bridges, sewer, water, flood control, etc.? Is the timing of the recent announcement promoting Peotone designed to give Democrats running for office a “jobs program” to tout?

Isn’t there a moral issue when the bankrupt State of Illinois wants to borrow another $71 million to forcefully take land and shoot the dice on a risky project? Governor, is there a shred of sanity left in Illinois state government?

George Ochsenfeld, Monee,

President of STAND (Shut This Airport Nightmare Down)

Two-way Romney

In an appearance Thursday in Virginia, Mitt Romney stated that if President Obama were re-elected he would reduce the Defense Department spending and that this would cause more than 100,000 job losses in that state.

In the past, Mr. Romney has frequently maintained that government spending does not create jobs, only the private sector can do that. You can’t have it both ways.

It appears that Mr. Romney is lying or in error on at least one of his major positions, and I, for one, would like to know which.

Edward Levy, Homewood

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