A recent Editorial in a Long Island newspaper prompted a letter to the Editor questioning how much impact people should withstand for the illusion of ‘progress’. This pair of documents lays bare the conflict that hounds airports — and airport neighbors — everywhere.
Here’s a copy of the letter, as published on August 30, 2013, at Newsday.com…
FAA unresponsive on airplane noise
I read your editorial “Airplane earful for some — but progress for all” [Aug. 29]. Your assertions that only a few people are affected by excessive aircraft noise, and that they should “take one for the team,” are highly offensive to me and the hundreds of thousands of others in Queens, Nassau County, Brooklyn and the Bronx who are bombarded up to 20 hours a day, every day, at 30-second intervals, by low-flying and noisy jets.
Historic and thriving neighborhoods such as Flushing, one of the most densely populated areas of the country, should not have to suffer at the expense of the airlines’ desire to increase their profits, and the Federal Aviation Administration’s goal of maximizing airspace efficiency at our already overtaxed airports.
The FAA has yet to address any of our concerns and has not set a date for the roundtable that it promised to hold six months ago.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has yet to sign legislation for the Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study that was passed by overwhelming margins by the New York State Legislature over two months ago.
Our quality of life, and our physical and mental health, continues to deteriorate.
If this is progress, then everything I’ve always believed about the greatness of this country has been categorically false.
Most days are so unbearable that my family and I try to spend as little time as possible in our own home.
Susan Carroll, Flushing
To read the August 28, 2013 Editorial that prompted this letter, click on page two…