United we win, divided we fall and fall hard

By Rebecca Carr | Oct 08, 2009

It's been said that politics make strange bedfellows. Nothing illustrates that adage more than the issue of commercial air traffic at Paine Field Airport and its ability to unite those who are staunch, even bitter enemies, in just about every other arena impacting our city.

Rosehill advocates stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the "tear the eyesore down!" coalition; annexation proponents align with those actively blocking it; Old Town and Harbour Pointe, seen by some as separate entities, unite as Mukilteans.

And that could very well be the most powerful weapon in the arsenal in the fight against changing Paine Field's scope from general aviation to scheduled passenger air service.

Surreal as it is to see former mayor (and current SOC president) Don Doran and former councilmember/current council watchdog Charlie Pancerzewski laughing together and supporting each other's testimony, we commend their cooperation with one another. We need to band together and to work together in harmony if we're going to preserve our quality of life and protect Boeing's operations.

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