Daley Spouts, Tries To Justify "Meigs Massacre"
E-I-C Note: As noted in previous ANN
coverage, ever-present political opportunist, Mayor
Richard Daley, has tried to use the recent Washington ADIZ scare to
his benefit. The Friends of Meigs have just sent us a response,
which we reprint, unedited in it's entirety... as it says it ALL
rather well.--Jim Campbell, ANN E-I-C
Friends Of Meigs Statement
On Thursday, Chicago
Mayor Richard Daley again spouted off, trying to justify his
closure of Meigs Field on the basis of an erroneous flight into
Washington DC's flight restricted zone.
"Everybody made fun of me," said Daley, admitting that he has
taken enormous public pressure over the midnight destruction of
Meigs in 2003 after his pledge to keep it open until 2026.
Yet instead of admitting his mistake, he tried to justify it on
the basis of Wednesday's pilot error in Washington. Moreover, he
called for permanent flight restrictions over all big cities, with
penalties of up to half a million dollars for violators.
The fact of the matter is that Chicago is less safe from
terrorism without Meigs Field than with it:
- Meigs' control tower monitored and limited access to downtown
- Medevac flights used Meigs to access downtown hospitals.
- Search and rescue and firefighting flights used Meigs as a base
to protect downtown high rises and lakefront boaters
- Meigs was a planned staging point for first responders to
natural and man-made (terrorist) disasters.
More importantly, general aviation is an important industry in
the U.S., contributing over $100 million annually to the economy,
according to a study by the National Business Aviation Association,
accounting for over 3/4 of all flights in the country, connecting
thousands of small communities without regular commercial air
service, and providing life-saving services like medevac and search
and rescue. Mayor Daley, apparently, would like to see this
industry go away, so he can enjoy his park.
Meigs Field is the only infrastructure demolished by terrorism
in the U.S. since 2001, and under false pretenses for personal
Stop the baloney, Mr. Mayor.