Three newspaper articles today that people may want to discuss:
Q-C Airport sets record in 2006 -QCTimes
More good news for our airport, which seems to be growing at a greater rate than the QC area as a whole. Maybe the success will attract more airlines, or provide enough money to improve the older half of the airport. If only they could land that direct flight to Phoenix...
Secret return to Triumph plant in Missouri gets good response -QCOnline (This article may only be available for a limited time)
Pretty interesting stuff. A few aldermen and citizens went down to St. Joes to see what Triumph is like without the dog and pony show they got last time. Apparently it wasn't too bad, although I would have liked to see people who are opposed it visit. Also, they called the night before to ask for a tour, whereas I'd like to see a zero-notice sniff test. I have to believe that technology has advanced to where smells can be taken care of.
City drafts new plan for cameras -QCTimes
They're knocking down some of the fines, which is not a terrible idea. I'm still not really opposed to the cameras, and people need to remember that one judge ruled them legal and one judge ruled them illegal, so its not like its decided yet. I think their use should be more of a political/citizen's choice issue than a legal issue. They only enforce the law. I think people's real problem with them stems from the idea that speeders should be given a sporting chance. I don't think we'd see the same uproar if it had been announced that the traffic division was growing by 3 officers, and a correspondingly larger number of traffic citations would be issued.
Also, if you can't see the warning signs in time to slow down, maybe you deserve a ticket.