To the Editor:
I was in attendance at the public hearing for the airport expansion Thursday evening. I grew up in Greenwood and later purchased property in Lakewood of which I still own today. I played on Winslow Field; I fished Buckeye Brook and was involved in many groups within the City of Warwick. I attended the meeting as a Union Craftsman desperately seeking employment for my sisters and brothers of the crafts; however I also attended as a concerned citizen.
The expansion of TF Green is not only necessary it is also logical. We have a functional airport that serves a purpose, but it is not the world-class hub of economic and cultural development that it could be. Airport expansion gives way to international transport, which coupled with the adjacent rail system, and our deepwater port then can accommodate aircraft carriers and cruise ships, our little state has the potential to be the Alexandria of the modern era. I certainly understand the concerns of the few residents that have an issue with this expansion, and we as the building trades are not only able, but fully willing to address every concern and build everything needed to make this work. We all wish to live in Mayberry, where the streets are slowly traveled and the biggest thing in the sky is a flock of blackbirds but unfortunately for everyone, that world has drifted into the past.
In today’s world, in order to survive as a community, we need to take any and all actions necessary to provide jobs for our people, a reasonable tax rate for our residents and of course most importantly have the foresight to know a sure thing when it is staring us in the face.
Joseph L. Walsh, Jr
Union Organizer IBEW LU 99