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Air Service From Cookeville to Nashville?

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From Phil Williams:

If someone asked whether federal taxpayers ought to pay for airline service between Cookeville and Nashville, most would probably burst out laughing.

After all, a number of us make that drive -- about 82 miles -- on a regular basis.

But a CBS News investigation discovered that you're paying for air routes that are just as implausible.

(For more information: Taxpayers Shell Out for Near-Empty Flights)

The program, known as the Essential Air Service, will cost you $127 million this year alone.

CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson's fascinating report found that taxpayers spend about $2 million a year just to fly a few people the 83 miles between Macon, Ga., and Atlanta.

So why not Cookeville to Nashville?

Now, it doesn't sound like such a far-fetched idea.

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