$70 MILLION AIRPORT BEING BUILT IN RURAL NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
"Highfill" Airport Being Built With YOUR Tax Dollars
Rural Highfill, Arkansas, has a population of less than 100
persons noted ABC's "20/20" program in their Feb. 20, 1997
broadcast. So why build an international airport there?
One reason pointed to is that both Tyson Chicken and Wal-Mart
have facilities nearby. Apparently the idea is to fly planeloads
of chicken out of the U.S. and return with planeloads of
foreign-made apparel for sale via Wal-Mart.
The airport currently under construction at Highfill will cost
$70 million, almost all paid for by U.S. taxpayers' money. But,
note defenders of the airport, local industry *is* paying some of
the cost. How much? One percent of it, according to 20/20.
That means you and I pay for the other 99 percent.
The Highfill airport will have a *long* runway; only Chicago's
O'Hare Airport has one that's longer. Not suggested explicity in
the 20/20 broadcast is that huge military C-130 cargo planes
would need such a runway. Will the Highfill airport, not so far
from Mena, Arkansas, have C-130s landing and taking off at 2
o'clock in the morning? Is Highfill airport part of an expansion
plan for Dope, Inc?
There is already an airport near Highfill, Drake Field, currently
operating at only 30 percent capacity. So why build a major
airport there? Is the idea to "first build the airport, and then
the people will come?"
Arkansas, Arkansas.... Hmmm.... Who do we know that's from
there? The name is Bill something or other, isn't it?