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Do you think people who oppose expansion of airports are fundamentally selfish?

Yes, airports are difficult to live near. Yes, they're noisy, and they are responsible for air pollution. But they are also a necessity in this world. The movement of people and cargo across the country (and the world) is a fundamental part of our economy. The same people who raise holy hell every time the FAA or municipal airport authorities have the gall to propose a new runway (or taxiway) which might reduce air traffic congestion and improve the safety of millions of air passengers, are the same type of people who want electricity, but don't want to see power lines in their backyard. They're the type of people who want their trash picked up from the curb in front of their house, but don't want to hear the sound of a dump truck plowing down their street. They want the shuttle van to pick them up on time to take them to the grocery store, but then they scream bloody murder when a school bus drops off little tykes in their neighborhood. Without air travel, where would this country be? Are we supposed to get rid of all airports and travel around this country by train or car only? How are we supposed to get to places like Europe or Hawaii? By boat? It'll take two weeks. You'd have to take an entire month off work or school just for the travel portion of your vacation. Oh, and by the way, airports also generate tens of thousands of jobs for the local economy.

Asked By: Student - 12/12/2008
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Easy to say when it's not your house that you've lived in for 60 years that the government wants to buy from you for pennies.
Answered By: David - 12/12/2008
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like everything, they have their good points; and their bad points. Would you rather have a holiday? or kill the planet for your grandchildren!? have fun choosing =D
Answered By: BJ&Co™ - 12/12/2008
 
Sounds like you've already got your position...
Answered By: Royal Scam - 12/12/2008
 
After the atrocities of 9-11, Americans experienced this issue first hand. Some refuse to fly ever again and the need to expand airports may have actually been reduced.
Answered By: towwwdothello - 12/12/2008
 
airports are a symbol of satan's rule on earth.
Answered By: Gottbaum - 12/12/2008
 
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