e don't like change for the sake of
change, but when it comes to the way the government manages the air
traffic control system, we're just about to the point of saying
that anything would be an improvement.
The Reason Public Policy Institute has produced a white
paper outlining how the Federal Aviation Administration's air
traffic control functions can be handed over to a nonprofit
corporation funded by user fees. It would be set up to have the
flexibility and incentive to modernize the system and improve its
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The FAA itself would continue to exist as a government agency and
would continue to exercise its critical role of overseeing all
aspects of aviation safety, including the certification of aircraft
and air carriers.
This sort of separation has been proposed before, and it's been
shouted down before. It was even shouted down during the Reagan
administration, which took it as an article of faith that the
private sector could almost always out-perform a government agency
in terms of efficiency and innovation.
Without wading into that particular thicket, we think it's time
to shout down the status quo because it's not taking us where we
want to go.
We've gotten an outpouring of mail from readers over the
appearance in these pages of nude brides and grooms. We think the
photos came in at a PG-13 level, but still, they raised
Of course, the nude brides and the nude grooms could have gotten
married in their hometowns, in the privacy of their own shuttered
houses or walled gardens, but they chose instead to travel, and
that's the good news here.
Travel is always optional. When people choose to travel, with or
without their clothes, we're for it.