Opinion: Airport serves the entire town

I learned to fly at the Middlebury Airport in the mid-50s when it was a grass field and Alphonse Quesnel ran Dustaire, a crop-dusting operation.
Reflecting the growth of Addison County these past 60 years, the airport has evolved, and in keeping pace with the needs of the community is planning further upgrades.
Change is always uncomfortable, and witnessing the dissent that surrounded the positive changes now occurring in downtown Middlebury — changes that will benefit and improve the entire community — it is not a surprise that citizens that live near the airport have expressed objections.
When the railroad was laid through the heart of Middlebury, and when Route 7 was paved, I’m sure people along those rights of way had concerns. Had they prevailed — where would we be?
The airport serves the entire community.
Frank Punderson

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