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Dana Belcher: NH Hotels are losing money because of travel delays

To the editor:

An open letter to our Honorable Congressional Representatives:

I own a hotel in Northern New Hampshire. We have been hurt terribly by the economic depression and catastrophe of the last five years. We've survived only by firing employees and cutting expenses. Five years ago I had to cut expenses by 20 percent or we would have gone bankrupt. Now, today, I have guests who want their money back because flights were cancelled by the FAA and when they finally got here it was a day later than their reservation. So they want their money back. We lose!

This is a political and economic catastrophe! I had to cut my expenses by 20 percent to survive, certainly the FAA, who's had a year's notice, can cut its budget by 1 percent without causing such economic harm. The Obama administration is deliberately making the sequester cuts as painful as possible to marshal public support for reversing them. The FAA has insisted that the furloughs cannot be avoided because the agency must reduce its budget by $600 million. Yet the agency can spend $500 million per year on consulting? Shame on you! Get a new FAA director now! Or come on out into the real world where people have to make 10 to 20 percent cuts just to survive.

Outraged citizen & business owner,
Dana Belcher
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