Why is Wrong so Wright?
On Monday we mentioned how Nebraska's congressional delegation was none too happy with the Wright Amendment agreement reached last week between Dallas mayor Laura Miller and her Fort Worth counterpart, Mike Moncrief. They weren't delighted with the idea of waiting eight years for access to Love Field; something to do with higher ticket prices, you know. Well, there's at least one Tennessee congressman who feels the same way. On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Nashville) issued a statement that repeated what his Nebraska colleagues said earlier:
"For 26 years now, the Wright Amendment has limited our ability to get the lowest-priced tickets when traveling to Dallas and North Texas. I am glad to see that all parties involved in this debate have agreed that this practice is wrong and must stop. But if the Wright Amendment was wrong all along, why is eight more years of wrong right?"
Cooper's the co-sponsor of legislation that would repeal Wright immediately and is trying to get it voted on in the House before the end of the year. But, c'mon, let's repeat that last line again: "Why is eight more years of wrong right?" There must be something about living in Nashville that makes everyone who lives there talk like a country song. --Robert Wilonsky