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Airport board premature to nix renaming

Especially at a time when the city is stepping up its commitment to soliciting and heeding public input, the community effort to rename Wichita Mid-Continent Airport to honor President Eisenhower (in photo) deserves better than a brush-off. So it was good to see Mayor Carl Brewer and other Wichita City Council members show enough interest in the idea Tuesday to ask staff to research the estimated costs and to schedule a council discussion of whether to appoint a naming committee. It was premature for the airport advisory board to point to costs Monday in nixing the idea, which has garnered more than 1,500 signatures on an online petition promoted by Jan Harrison and Phil Thompson of KFXJ, 104.5-FM, "the Fox." As Harrison told the council Tuesday, at least some of the costs could be incurred over time, as items needed to be replaced. And it's hard to imagine the renaming costs could be prohibitive given the context of a $101 million investment in a new airport terminal.