Watching the City Commission meeting on channel 7 right now – the discussion about potential development on the East side of town versus the potential of Malmstrom AFB gaining a flying mission. Very passionate debate on both sides. Best line of the night came from John Stevens, an 80-year old gentleman who pointed out that the future of the base will be made by the folks in Washington DC – no matter what we do here in Great Falls. His point, roughly, was that Great Falls should do what it needs to do, regardless of what the politicians in DC say or do – go with the “sure thing” and allow development on the East side; he recalled that the city was surprised when Malmstrom was selected for a base decades ago, and that the base could be gone on the whim of some politicians. He wrapped up his comments by half-joking that “the best way to keep Malmstrom is to tell ’em we don’t want it!” That got a hearty laugh from the Commission and the crowd
OK – what do YOU think about the issue? Should Great Falls allow/encourage East side development? Or should Great Falls defer to the potential for gaining a flying mission for Malmstrom, and let the East side remain “safe” for take-off/landing aircraft?