Take off, Delta! It’s been good to know you!

I’m a firm believer in free enterprise. The less interference a business has from local or national governments the better. If Delta airlines think cutting any connection with the NRA will mean more profits and better dividends to their shareholders, more power to them. BUT, if by cutting those ties they imply that the NRA had anything to do with the mass shootings at a school, they are dead wrong. Not ONE of the sick individuals who did those mass shootings in recent years was a member of the NRA. And Delta cutting off the discount for NRA members isn’t going to hurt the NRA. If the truth be known, I suspect that very few NRA members ever flew on Delta. In the first place, NRA members like me can’t afford their sky high (no pun intended) ticket prices for a bumpy ride, a tiny bag of peanuts and a flat Coca-Cola. And, no self-respecting NRA member is going to go anywhere without a firearm, so that keeps them off any airline.

If you have any fear of Delta moving from Atlanta, forget it. They have a Golden Goose here and they are not about to leave it sitting on the nest. They have been given every convenience a business can receive from Atlanta. They already have twice as many gates at Hartsfield than ANY other airline. They get tax breaks right and left from our city all the time. And now we find out that they have been getting by without paying taxes on the jet fuel they buy. Who knew that? That’s a dirty secret the Governor and his cronies have kept hidden from all of us. How much money has Delta been stealing from the city over these many years? I’m sure Southwest and the other airlines would love, and perhaps appreciate more than Delta, such largesse from a city.

No other airline gets that kind of a break. That money rightfully should go to Forest Park, East Point, Hapeville and all the other neighborhoods surrounding Hartsfield. After all, it’s those folks who have to put up with Delta’s noise 24 hours of every day.

FedEx, to their credit, said to hell with the phony protests against the NRA, they’ll keep giving them a discount. And little RoKu said they would keep carrying NRA programs.

I already had a hard-on against Delta because they flatly refused to let a lady sing our National Anthem as a dead U.S. soldier’s coffin was being unloaded from the cargo hold.  When I complained to them about that some Delta wise-ass PR hack told me, in effect, to go pound sand, they didn’t need any suggestions from me or anyone else.

Delta once was a good neighbor, a nice airline. I had many friends there. A fine gentleman spent a Sunday afternoon allowing me and my family to “fly” their simulator. On another occasion, I had a wonderful time from 1AM to 5AM riding with their Chief Pilot as he checked out a First Officer. Just the three of us in a big 737 shooting approaches to the Macon airport. But Delta has lost their Southern Hospitality. They’d fit more properly in New York. They’ve screwed their pilots, they’ve screwed their Flight Attendants and they’ve screwed their retirees. And they’ve screwed Atlanta out of a ton of tax money. This cute little act of Delta’s put the icing on the cake for me, as far as utilizing their airline. I’m voting for whoever tells Delta to stick it, they’re not getting a free tax ride any longer. I hope you will vote the same way.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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