I may be wrong but the old addage "You attract more flies with honey than you do
with vinegar" still holds true, especially in business and personal relatiions.
It seems that Mr. Kenneth Stone, proprietor of the yet opened Adventure
Skydiving, was on Rome, Georgia's local TV news. Mr. Stone is wanting to open
his DZ at the Richard B. Russell Airport where Air Ventures Skydiving already
resides and operates. Mr. Stone stated in his interview that the Airport
Commision needs to be "eliminated" and that they were in [it] just for the
money. At an Airport Commisioner's meeting, Mr. Stone revealed his true
feelings on the matter when he expressed "I don't know why I am doing this.
Skydivers are nothing but a bunch of whiners and crybabies anyway".
I'm not a business major but it seems that if you are wanting to open a
business, you don't insult the individuals that have the power to either grant
or deny you the priveledge to open a DZ on their airport. Nor do you insult
your, up until now, customers. By doing so equates to business suicide.
Mr. Stone, it appears to me that the Owner, Staff, Skydivers, Families and
Friends of Air Ventures Skydiving want only to skydive and enjoy their DZ in
peace. Is it your intention to not only burn bridges, insult the authorities
and the customers you would want to attract but to also be of the opinion "If I
can't have my DZ in Rome(where a thriving DZ already exitsts) no one else can
either."? I would hazard a guess here that, in light of your spreading rumors
on this newsgroup that Air Ventures Skydiving has lost their lease (when they
didn't have one to begin with) , insulting via mass media the powers that would
have granted you a lease and insulting the very customers you hoped to attract
in a public forum, your popularity with the Airport Commision and the skydiving
commuity is severely lacking.
Mr. Stone, Kenneth, I am sure there are other Airports in Georgia where you
could open a DZ. I am also sure, that in time, skydivers would forgive you the
insults and eventually give you some of their hard earned dollars to make a
skydive at your fine establishment. I ask you, please, leave the good people
and skydivers of Rome alone. They wish only to skydive in peace and to welcome
anyone who would like to join them. They are no threat to you.