Monday, May 10, 2004

Letters to the editor

Cranley's Lunken plan helps business, neighborhoods

In response to the editorial "Clear up flight plan for Lunken" (May 6), supporting John Cranley's Lunken motion is the best way Council can restore credibility to the process (Master Plan and Noise Study) and to assure voters that elected officials are in control, not a self-aggrandizing airport manager.

Since Council will not receive fast answers to questions raised in the editorial, Cranley's motion buys Council and citizen advisory groups time to obtain the expert answers. Freezing Lunken at current FAA classification prevents "unintended consequences." Cranley's motion respects and guides the process. It also presents a win-win strategy to corporate users and neighborhoods.

Nancy Drambarean, Linwood Board member, Linwood Community Council


Cranley shouldn't attack air travelers

City Council member John Cranley's crusade against the reasonable utilization of a 74-year-old airport has been reduced to a series of intellectually disingenuous arguments that are easily refuted.

Chiefly, noise is not reduced by banning passenger service. Cargo aircraft and private aircraft flying to Lunken for decades are the chief noise culprits.

Secondly, passenger service will result in an unacceptable level of traffic. Simple math illustrates that be allowing 20 passengers flights per day increases aircraft movements by a minuscule 11 percent (current movements are 132,000).

Cranley should focus on facts and stop his attacks on Cincinnati air travelers, especially low income, who need a cost-effective option to Greater Cincinnati Airport.

Robert C. Dehner, Clifton Heights


During wartime, plane noise a non-issue

Jim Borgman's cartoon on April 26, the airplane flying over Delhi, really made my day. All this talk about excessive noise at Lunken and Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airports bring to mind when I was growing up in Massachusetts, during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, a few miles from Westover Air Force Base when B-52 Bombers and KC-135 Fuel Tankers would come screaming over our house. The fuel tankers were painted black and barely cleared the homes in its path. We could even see the helmets on the pilots as they were flying over.

I never heard a single complaint about the noise. We just prayed for their safety and ours.

Lorraine Johnson, Colerain Township


Griffey move good for team

Ken Griffey is upset he was moved in the batting order to number five "Move down fires up Jr." (May 7). Well that shows how much of a team player he is. His production offensive wise doesn't warrant the fifth spot either in my opinion. He sure as heck isn't one of the top center fielders anymore also. He needs to move from centerfield and go back to basics, offensively.

I could go on and on, but I would be considered a Griffey basher. I am just looking at the facts. Hats off to Dave Miley for finally making the right choice and humbling this talented player that needs to come back down to Earth and remember that this is a team game.

Jim Walsh, Harrison


Not all bad drivers are teens

I agree with the letter "Don't assume all teen drivers are bad" (May 6) that most (or a majority it seems) adult drivers drive irresponsibly by speeding, tailgating and not using turn signals. He's right also, that those of us who obey the laws receive rude gestures, honks, or worse are tailgating dangerously.

I'm a middle-aged Mom who thinks that drivers of all ages should have to pass a written test when we renew our licenses, because obviously a lot of drivers need a reminder of the laws. This would also be a way to get incompetent drivers off of the road.

Chris Christensen, Milford

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