Your editorial "Urban Treasure" (Jan. 10) supporting increased flights out of Long Beach Airport rests on a very shaky premise--namely that 30 or 40 additional flights per day will somehow solve the airport congestion problem in the metropolitan region. Expanding these small, regional airports is a short-sighted approach at best. The problem is much bigger than that. What the region needs is another major airport, either built off-shore or in Palmdale.
Instead of realistically looking for the financial and political steps towards a real solution, you propose to sacrifice another rare commodity in our great metropolitan area--stable, affordable neighborhoods full of families who have sought a reasonable balance between limited commercial use of the airport and their quality of life.