Campaign Extra! -- Flight Path Communities for Truth!! --


"I urge then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone--for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God.... The Holy Bible, 1 Timothy 2:1-3

Today is Saturday, another airplane day! As I am listening to the ever present screaming of jet engines overhead each and every 30 seconds I am reminded of why I bought my house 24 years ago in historic Arden, Delaware. There was no highway in the sky in 1980.

Arden is sort of a crazy place. It has its own laws and it’s own peculiar way of thinking about the world. We do crazy things. Our town insists that residents ask permission before cutting down a tree. Our instincts for preservation are legend. Some years ago Arden was awarded a coveted place on the National Register of Historic Places because we love the past, not for it’s own sake but rather because so much of what we have lovingly preserved makes for a pleasant and wonderful life. We do like to preserve things in Arden. We have a history museum to keep records and memories of our community which go back to the 1908 when it was founded by George Stephens of Philadelphia. Most recently the town of Arden purchased a property adjacent to our town land just to provide a natural buffer to development. This property becomes part of our precious Sherwood Forest and will provide one of two buffer zones separating Arden from the encroachment of insistent sprawl. Arden residents savor that separateness which in some ways permits us to taste our own individualities and our own yearnings for a calmer more peaceful life even in the midst of this hectic northeast corridor..

Of course we pay some of the highest property taxes in the County. We pay high taxes to be able to enjoy many open spaces and green areas, walking paths, playgrounds and community buildings. We have what many people envy which is a real Community of people who know each other and care for each other. And residents here, while most are far from wealthy, are willing to pay to maintain this life style they earnestly cherish.

My next door neighbor was so concerned for the environment, he even brought our community to pay attention to the runoff from industrial and home development originating way upstream on Naaman’s Creek (Arden’s northern town buffer zone), The runoff was causing unacceptable flooding several miles downstream in our own community. He was a little crazy. He thought “ the environment” in microcosm and macrocosm was important to preserve and to properly steward. And one thing he noticed was that the law of “cause and effect” or as the bible puts it, “sowing and reaping” was a law that could not be rebuked just because it was being abused by contemporary society.

Now that we have this troublesome airplane highway overhead day and night. I had almost forgotten why we bought our home in Arden so long ago. More than twenty five years ago, the community valiantly and more or less successfully fought the expansion of Harvey Road and exit ramps onto I- 95. Sometimes I wonder how much it would cost to now buy back our airspace?

Susan Warner , Arden, DE
10/23/04 : The News Journal : LOCAL : Airport noise, pollution keys in 7th
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Stop the Noise --
The word Noise, on the other hand, is derived from the Latin word, noxia, meaning injury or hurt. It is defined by the National Institute of Public Health as being "Any sound - independent of loudness - that may produce an undesired physiological or psychological effect in an individual and that may interfere with the social ends of an individual or group." | Effects of Noise on Children's Learning and Health -- Claire Matz

Editorial : No Change In Airnoise --
By FAA definition, we do not have a noise problem... Like other Federal agencies, the FAA is beyond control. Unless and until Mr Castle, Mr Carper, and Mr Biden get together enough support to withhold significant funds from the FAA, they will ignore us. | The Brandywine Community News, DE - April 7, 2003

Residents Ask FAA For More Information --
Gail Van Gilder, of Delaware Greenways, said the FAA already has their minds made up to approve the expansion. She said they need to answer questions from an air noise study conducted in December 2001.| The Brandywine Community News, DE - August 23, 2003

Editorial : Philly’s Airport ; Delaware County’s Problem--
It’s called Philadelphia International Airport, but, truth be told, Delaware County has greater claim to the name. | The Delaware County Times, PA - Mar 10, 2004

West Deptford residents raise noise over runway expansion --
Most homes would be impacted by the noise and air pollution. During the FAA reauthorization last year, Lautenberg and the NJ delegation...

Cheap Air Fares Land In Philly -
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In Depth: Proposed changes at Philadelphia International may have a far-reaching impact on Delco. -
The study into the possible expansion of Philadelphia International Airport may still be in its formative stages, but that doesn’t prevent the controversy surrounding such an idea to continue to evolve. | The Delaware County Times, PA - Feb 23, 2004

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