Thursday, April 25, 2013

MUST READ: "The Emperor’s New Airport"



Show-Me Daily post an EXCEPTIONAL analysis of Mayor Sly's Kansas City airport plan . . . Or lack thereof . . .

The Emperor’s New Airport

Money quote:

"Just like the old ministers in Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” (KMBZ Radio Host Scott) Parks states the obvious — doing so almost apologetically. But he is exactly right. If proponents want to argue that the airport is unattractive as a hub — a place where people make connections to other flights but not itself a destination — a shiny new terminal will not address that problem. It will only exacerbate the problem if it results in higher costs to airlines who are already being lured elsewhere with cash."

In one instance after the next, the arguments supporting the new Airport have been refuted and the "adult discussion" called for by Mayor Sly James has failed to bring forth any overwhelming reason to build a new airport that nobody wants. Instead, politicos refuse to answer any questions and a great many in Kansas City are silent about the fact that Mayor Sly is metaphorically "naked" on this issue and without a stitch of support from anybody other than developers or City Hall bureaucrats.

DEVELOPING . . .

14 Comments:

Anonymous said...

With the failing of the "adult discussion" will come more personal attacks on the intelligence of those opposed and emotional appeals that a new airport will shed KC's inferiority complex.

Oh, and the standard line about all the jobs and economic development this project will create- without any cost to taxpayers!!!

Get the PR machine cranking post haste!!!

Registered Voter said...

I confess I messed up and voted for Sly. During his campaign he pretended to care about the citizenry and indicated he intended to serve us, but his reign so far has shown just the opposite. He only cares about big-money players - screw the tax-paying citizens. I believed his campaign lies last time, but I've learned my lesson and won't make that mistake again. I am fed up with his efforts to ram the ridiculous airport terminal, the toy train, the downtown hotel, etc. down our throats, while doing absolutely nothing to improve or maintain the infrastructure or day-to-day functioning of our city.

Mayor James, you are a liar and a self-centered suckass politician. You are ruining our city.

KC is run by criminals said...


Apparently the average intellect of a KC voter fall somewhere betwixt snail and ape.

Anonymous said...

With the "ape" becoming Mayor of Kansas City!

Anonymous said...

I hear apes are pretty smart. They are able to use rudimentary tools- when they aren't eating tasty nuggets from ech others asses.

Anonymous said...

Sue the bastards. But expect to hear the usual . . .

Mayor Sly James said: ”The City has gone before the court three times on this issue to confirm constitutionality and fairness. Each time the court has affirmed the city’s position. Any delay at this point that costs taxpayer time or money will not be taken lightly.”

Duh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I don't give a damn about this middle class bullshit.

Anonymous said...

Just put in some slot machines in the lobby and everyone will think it's a new airport

elBryan said...

I miss Mark Funkhouser.

I voted for Sly James in the general election because I viewed it as a Northland vs. Jackson County thing; otherwise, both candidates being very similar.

As much as I'm frustrated with the tactics from City Hall, and the vision that this mayor has for the future, I don't think Sly James is a horrible mayor. I simply think that too much money is being committed to projects undemocratically, and without regard for the needs of neighborhoods.

Anonymous said...

If there has to be new airport, let us make sure it will be in JoCo.

Anonymous said...

I am old now, but I remember when KCI was built. TWA made threats that they would leave KC if it did not build the airport at MCI, which was where the overhaul base was located.
Well, KC took the threats seriously and moved the airport out there. And TWA left anyway. They moved their "hub" to St. Louis.
This airport has never worked, and changing the configuration is like rearranging the chairs on the Titanic. It is like putting lipstick on a pig.
I wish we had the downtown airport back. Ironically, we left it because it could not handle the "big jets". Guess what, the "big jets" are no more. Now the airlines want little ones, except for international flights, which we have never had in KC.
Well, this is just my opinion. I live in Jo Co, so no harm, no foul. Just saying.

Short memory said...

What was it that Sly James said that made you vote for him for Mayor? He knew nothing about the city or city business and he danced around any real discussion on topics of importance with upbeat soundbytes. Oh yeah, that was it, he was "nice". You get what you pay for. Mike Burke would have been better.

Anonymous said...

"Tip your waitress"? Oh yeah, that's what the leper said to the prostitute, "Keep the tip".....

Anonymous said...

"Support from developers and city hall bureaucrats" is all anybody purportedly representing the citizenry has ever needed.