In an editorial, the Buffalo News said the airlines should, "Compete in the free market by incentivizing workers, not by cutting corners and settling on acceptable risk." No explanation there on the risk being created by the Senator's quality versus quantity idea. The Chicago Tribune's Robert Reed said, "I doubt the flying public would agree to deeply discount their own safety by letting the government hack away at an essential industry standard designed to protect flyers from inexperienced pilots." Reed never explained where the hacking might occur, although he did later add that "… it doesn't make sense to offer pilots a shortcut at the beginning of a career, when professional seasoning is arguably needed the most." Experts would call Reed's seasoning comment out as one reason to support Thune's call to at least consider alternative possibilities. Reed said Thune's proposal should not be allowed to get off the ground, the kind of black and white thinking that might be expected under a Congressional mandate.