And a much more highly developed political sense. They knew their local history as well, and — unlike today — the council members received constant pushback from the citizenry, and on everything. It was an age of great dissent, and it also kept a new 27-gate airport terminal out of our front yards.
We even had a real newspaper that kept in touch with conflict. The young staff reporters and editors often encouraged it.
Imagine that, and compare it to this current assemblage of corporate and local press releases they call “community news.” Political conflict is now considered to be creepy, on par with some older guy in a Hawaiian shirt hitting on the baristas at Starbucks.
Like get a life, creepsters. It’s the 21st century.
This golden age of dissent and local political activism all ended about 10 years ago — about the same time the police mess got rolling. No coincidence.
Board Vice President Terry Tornek said both the Authority and the city have evolved to a point where they can work with one another on the replacement terminal project, noting that the relationship between the two agencies was more contentious in the past.
There was more practical sense going around, too. What use is a new airport terminal when the old one is working out fine? Who really needs it?
Fix it up, sure. But why mess with a good thing and hazard the possibility of allowing in something far more invasive?