I would like to see Mukilteo Mayor Joe Marine issue a public retraction of his recent Golden Goose story, now that Boeing has clearly indicated that its 1 percent capacity need for Paine Field will not be threatened at all by the scheduled commercial traffic now being proposed there. (Friday article, “Paine Field commercial flights wouldn’t bug Boeing.”) The goose (Boeing) is safe. Another goofy anti-commercial flights argument, put forth by Marine and Save Our Communities (SOC), bites the dust. He wasn’t really serious, was he? He knew that was all “the sky is falling” chatter, right?
Boeing seems to be much more concerned that the activities of Marine and his buddies at SOC could, in fact, endanger continued federal funding for the airport. That indeed does seem to me to be a very reasonable concern, especially in these tough economic times. If you were Barak Obama, with trillion-dollar deficits as far as you can see, would you fund an airport that is currently only being utilized at 10 percent capacity? Well, Marine probably would; but I think most of us would not.
As for the jobs such commercial flights might create, I’m thinking Marine may see the day in the not-too-distant future when any job will be a good one to have in your community. Boeing makes a product that supports a service (air travel) that is highly sensitive to economic troubles. They have already announced that layoffs are coming. I suggest that Mayor Marine and the SOC group put their heads down on their desks and keep very, very quiet for a while, as regards Paine Field. The silence will serve your community well.