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Answers… Not Enough
October 9, 2003
By: Stephen and Tina Donato
By now, you may have read the articles. You may have gone to meetings. Airplane noise has been an issue in the Brandywine Hundred area for many years. The noise study was done and completed last year. New control systems have been installed at PHL. Have things improved? No. Are the planes holding altitude to minimize noise? No. Have planes ever been rerouted? No. Have our politicians who represent us done enough? Certainly not.
The time for change is now. Airspace redesign is currently underway. There is now talk about airport expansion and additional runways. Is there anyone out there who wants more planes? Is there anyone out there who even believes that the status quo is okay? Should these airplanes fly 1000 feet above our homes- homes that exist fourteen or more miles from the airport? Will our homes maintain their value if things continue or get worse? Personal questions we need to answer.
And then there are those answers that need to come from other sources, namely the FAA. As this redesign process continues, many untruths and misrepresentations have been brought forward. Many questions are asked, though there are often more questions than answers. It is time for the FAA to stand up and answer the questions. There is a meeting at Brandywine High School at 7PM on October 16. One may ask, "Are there really that many questions to answer?" Review the following points. You be the judge.
News Journal Article from September 27, 2003:
Yes, we must be concerned about noise and air pollution in our community. But there is also a larger national issue to consider. Security. We must not forget the tragic events of September 11, 2001. There are inherent security problems within our country and its infrastructure --computer systems,nuclear plants, power grids and seaports just to name a few. We have the technology in the private sector to track every can of soup coming off the shelf of a Wal-Mart SuperCenter, yet our government does not know to whom we are giving immigration visas. We must ask ourselves, “Is now really the time for our government to expand the nation's airports? Can we really afford to grow an infrastructure we cannot currently secure?”
Congress is now considering the FAA Reauthorization Bill. Much debate is involved. If passed, sixty billion ($60,000,000,000) of your tax dollars will fund the FAA and its projects for the next four years. This bill includes funding for airport expansion and airspace redesign. At this time, airspace redesign does not even recognize noise reduction as a goal. Once and for all, isn’t it time for change? Isn’t it time for our delegates to stand up and protect our interests? We must stand up and be heard. Go to the meeting on October 16 at Brandywine High School. Write letters and send email to our politicians. Register noise complaints. Let us find better solutions. Let us get real answers from the FAA soon.
All scanned documents shown in the editorial were sent to my attention by Senator Carper's office.
The originals of the scanned documents state the owners of the residence in Lacashire DE that made noise complaint to Senator Carpers office.
Originals are available for inspection.
About the authors: The Donato's are former 35 year residents of Drexel Hill, PA and are new to the Brandywine Hundred area of Wilmington, DE.
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