March 11, 2012

Clear air, visibility unlimited

Pilots are a reserved bunch.

I recall a story of a British Airways pilot who flew into clouds and inadvertently through a volcanic eruption in Indonesia. The ash from the volcanic eruption caused his engines to glassify and progressively shut down.

He landed safely. However, his passengers were understandably nervous about why the jet engines no longer seemed to be running. He soothed their fears by letting them know there was a slight problem that may cause a bit of a delay in their travel plans. His steady composure in a one in a billion situation allowed confidence and control to trump pessimism.

When pilots are optimistic, they use the term CAVU, or clear air, visibility unlimited.

The Clinton County economic climate has seen its share of clouds over the 200 years since its pivotal role in the War of 1812 and since its important place in the War of Independence.

Certainly, the closing of the Plattsburgh Air Force Base was a significant cloud that hung over our community for perhaps five years. Since then, though, the economic clouds have mostly blown away, and we are left with clear skies, perhaps with the occasional summer cloud that blows our way.

Laurentian Aerospace seemed like a bright spot when it suddenly rose on our horizon just before the credit crunch five years ago. Despite every bit of support our community could muster, it apparently still lacks a white knight venture capitalist that is willing to land this project.

There is no shortage of venture capital out there right now for great business plans. However, our nation's inability to rapidly pull out of its economic spiral may have discouraged potential investors. Meanwhile, other states willing to employ more economic-development tools likely continue to woo projects like Laurentian's state-of-the-art wide-body aircraft repair facility.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • ken_wibecan.jpg Another day in the life

    Each morning I rise from bed, slowly, as is my habit, and sit quietly on the bed contemplating the day that looms before me, writes columnist Ken Wibecan.

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • PPR small talk mug 081714 Corner store is no more

    Columnist Gordie Little offers a reminder of the little grocery stores of days gone by.

    August 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • PPR skin deep mug 081714 High-end products worth the splurge

    Regardless of the price, writes columnist Felicia Krieg, she would buy the core group of her makeup products over and over again.

    August 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • paul_grasso.jpg Tax code needs overhaul

    Corporations may be criticized for exploiting loopholes, but it is the complex tax system that is at fault, according to columnist Paul Grasso.

    August 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hagar_mug1.jpg Ideas about soil health changing

    New techniques like no-til and cover crops can make soil healthier than conventional tillage, according to columnist Peter Hagar.

    August 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • colin_read.jpg Economy may have changed forever

    The Great Recession has reordered the workforce in a way that makes it unlikely it will ever be the same, according to columnist Colin Read.

    August 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg The dark side of fun funerals

    Something strange happened in American culture in the past decade or two: People started planning fun funerals, writes religion columnist Terry Mattingly.

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • PPR fit bits mug Developing power key to success

    While strength is important, the ability to generate power is required for many basic activities in life, writes columnist Ted Santaniello.

    August 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • PPR you had to ask mug 081014 Time to reel in youth sports parents

    Do not scream at a child that he's a loser, at least not in a language he understands, columnist Steve Ouellette writes.

    August 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • colin_read.jpg Treating corporations like people

    Problems arise in many areas when businesses take on the attributes of individuals as mandated by the court, according to columnist Colin Read.

    August 10, 2014 1 Photo

Peter Black: Canadian Dispatch

Lois Clermont, Editor

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Richard Gast: Cornell Ag Extension

Bob Grady

Guest Columns

Peter Hagar: Cornell Ag Connection

Health Advice
Ray Johnson: Climate Science
Gordie Little: Small Talk
Terry Mattingly: On Religion

Steve Ouellette: You Had To Ask

Colin Read: Everybody's Business

Pinch of Time