The Dec. 6 story regarding the nomination to the Spokane International Airport board was not about an airport board, but about politics. Thanks to The Spokesman-Review for reminding us how that really works, both in Washington, D.C., and in Washington state. It’s less about what you know or your qualifications for a position than it is about who you know.
I hope people understand how important airports - which boost commerce and tourism - are to the economic health of a community. Spokane is lucky to have the gold mine that is historic Felts Field, which is not only the oldest airport in Spokane, but the third registered airport in the United States. Felts’ art deco terminal (part of the national historic registry) is the original hub for Northwest Airlines. Today, Felts hosts “Neighbor Day,” which attracts thousands of families every June, and is the home of MedStar and the Spokane Experimental Aircraft Association, which sponsors “Young Eagles” and in 20 years has given thousands of free rides to local children.
I will watch and not be surprised when Felts Field remains unrepresented on a seven-member board, while someone who knows someone is awarded this unpaid position.