To the Journal editor:
Shortening the K.I .Sawyer runway is short-sighted, excuse the pun. Once allowed to deteriorate, repairs to reopen it would be enormous versus the annual maintenance.
The ends are concrete and only require periodic joint sealing. Marquette politicians must realize this airfield offers something no other nonmilitary facility in the Midwest has, a 12,000 feet runway in an uncongested area, and it should be aggressively marketed for flight testing and aircraft uses requiring a large runway.
The airfield at Sawyer is about the only thing left by the U.S. Air Force that hasn't gone to pot via neglect. It sickens me every time I drive through.
And by the way, I know what I am talking about as I was civil engineer there from 1981 to 1986 and in charge of airfield pavements, including the last large runway repair projects.
Pavements cannot sit fallow. They deteriorate whether used or not. The small amount for annual maintenance will be an investment, not a burden.