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$75.5 Million ‘Airport To Nowhere’ Closes In Alaska

Alaska Airport To Nowhere

In Alaska, a $75.5 million “airport to nowhere” is drawing attention to Akutan, years after a similar project dubbed the “bridge to nowhere” became a point of contention during the 2008 election.

The $75.5 million airport to nowhere echoes the “bridge to nowhere” debate as a politically charged indictment of wasteful spending, and the issue dogged former Alaska governor Sarah Palin for much of the campaign — as an early statement that she stopped the project backfired when it revealed she had been an early proponent of the supposedly ill-conceived venture.

The $75.5 million airport to nowhere has not been used against any particular candidate or elected official yet, but the previous controversy reflected poorly on Palin — who was cornered by what she would likely have deemed a “gotcha” question by ABC’s John Gibson in 2008. To her assertion that she’d halted the bridge to nowhere, Gibson said in an interview:

” … it’s now pretty clearly documented. You supported that bridge before you opposed it. You were wearing a t-shirt in the 2006 campaign, showed your support for the bridge to nowhere.”

Palin cut in:

“I was wearing a t-shirt with the zip code of the community that was asking for that bridge. Not all the people in that community even were asking for a $400 million or $300 million bridge.”

75.5 million bridge to nowhere

Just before the election, the Anchorage Daily News quoted PenAir President Danny Seybert regarding the $75.5 million airport to nowhere in Akutan. He confirmed its decommission earlier this month:

“I can’t operate out there any more … They took my runway away. Sunday was our last flight.”

Do you think that projects like the $75.5 million airport to nowhere in Akutan, Alaska should be scrutinized more heavily by the media and lawmakers?

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4 Responses to “$75.5 Million ‘Airport To Nowhere’ Closes In Alaska”

  1. Philip Stigers

    Of course it should – it's about the only thing the "the new media" does correctly – but ONLY if they are graduates of an actual journalism school where they are taught the correct way to write.

  2. Terry Bettis

    THEY COULD GRADUATE FROM ANY SCHOOL AND THEY TWIST THESE STORIES THE WAY THEY WANT THEM TO COME OUT. I DOn't BELIEVE ANY NEWS ANYMORE.

  3. Deb Joling

    While in Alaska 2 years ago I saw the bridge to nowhere site and it was pretty nowhere…..I want to know why there is no sanity or common sense in government, just partiansanship, neither party cares about what is best for the country or the peole only what might keep them in office long enough to get their forever benefits and checks…..talk about welfare the politicians have the best government give away there is