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Updated: July 22, 2013 2:45PM
Only way Gary airport will succeed is as a race track
Gary/Chicago Airport solution:
Right now you have a money pit in perfect condition. You could easily turn that situation around very quickly!
It would take literally, very, very little expense to turn it into a money maker and tourist attraction!
Turn it into a Northern Indiana Dragstrip and set of race tracks, both circle and sportscar type.
You already have:
1. The track (If it’s long enough for jets, it’s long enough for drag racing).
2. Resident noise should already be cared for from jet noise.
3. Have the control tower in place and ready.
4. Garages (Hangers).
5. Concession areas.
6. Plane turn arounds could be should tracks for Karts -Stockcars.
7. Etc., Etc.
Only thing lacking would be bleachers and race fans would be more than happy to stand to watch!
Gary needs to focus on youth to solve its many problems
The other day there was a letter in the opinion page written by Richard Gordon Hatcher, the former mayor of Gary, who was very unhappy that Sen. Dan Coats voted against background checks. Months before the new mayor of Gary expressed the same concern. Both expressed the same concern that without the checks, gun violence in Gary will get worse.
My first thought when I read this was, when are the leaders of Gary going to stop blaming everybody and everything for their problems? There are a lot of guns in the surrounding towns, but our young people don’t need to feel that they have to go out and shoot each other.
Gary schools get about $2,000 more per student than the suburban schools, but they have the lowest graduation rate in the area.
Maybe it’s time for the officials in Gary to look at themselves, and the people of Gary, and do something for themselves, instead of waiting for somebody else to do it for you.
Young people in Gary are at a major disadvantage. Most kids don’t have two parents at home, the schools are bad, and the athletics are terrible.
The biggest thing that could turn this thing around for the young people is athletics. Gary probably has more young people with more raw talent, just waiting to be developed, than any other place in the region.
If anybody with any vision would understand that you need to start with your youth, and you could do this by changing the attitudes of your young athletes.
The incentives are scholarships to college, and a chance to be a star, and maybe follow the dream that every kid has. Turn your athletic program into the best in the area instead of the laughing stock.