Daily Archives: Oct. 17, 2009

Purging Bible of liberal bias?

bibleAn Opinion Line comment Tuesday said that “Jesus Christ was the ultimate liberal.” Maybe not after the Conservative Bible Project is finished. In what sounds like a parody but isn’t, the son of conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly is leading an effort to cleanse “liberal bias” from modern translations of the Bible and create “a fully conservative Bible,” the Washington Post reported. “Liberal bias has become the single biggest distortion in modern Bible translations,” the group’s Web site contends. One of the guidelines of the project is to explain “the numerous economic parables with their full free-market meaning.”

Open thread 10/17


Pro-con: Are small airfields getting too much money?

Cessna3Most passengers don’t realize that a wildly disproportionate amount of taxes they’re paying for airport improvements goes to more than 2,800 fields across the USA that they’ll never use. Since the Airport Improvement Program began in 1982, $15 billion — about a third of the money collected for the program — has gone to the smaller airfields with no scheduled passenger flights. By contrast, the nation’s 30 largest airports, which enplaned more than 500 million passengers last year alone, got about $13 billion. How to explain such a senseless allocation of taxes? It’s the same two words responsible for earmarks and other political distortions: Congress and lobbying. We don’t argue that this network is unnecessary. The Airport Improvement Program, however, wasn’t intended to be a piggy bank for the small-plane lobby. Air passengers shouldn’t have their pockets picked to fund an extravagance that benefits a select few. — USA Today editorial

Kansas has 141 airports serving 7,602 pilots and 6,509 general aviation aircraft. Kansas is also home to 24 charter flight companies, 110 repair stations and five flight schools that provide 115 jobs. The total economic impact of general aviation in Kansas is $7.1 billion. Most Kansas communities are several hours away from an airline hub. General aviation is the primary way goods and services are transported from big cities to small communities, providing the tools that businesses need to function. Not only is the aviation industry a driver of economic growth and vitality in Kansas, small airports are also used by the National Guard, law enforcement, air ambulances, search-and-rescue operators, flight schools, small businesses, charitable organizations, farmers and ranchers, as well as for medical care and organ and blood transplant. The necessity of a vast aviation industry is evident — for rural communities, for the economy and for emergency providers. — Gov. Mark Parkinson, letter to USA Today