Re "Rancho Is a Treasure That's Worth Preserving," March 9:
So Charles E. Griffen, president of the New Millennium Group, laments the "imminent removal of the irreplaceable practical north-south oriented runway" at the Great Park.
He might have been correct if that runway didn't battle crosswinds, didn't throw departing aircraft up into arriving John Wayne and Los Angeles International air traffic, and didn't have that silly hill in the way. This argument sounds like the drive from the last millennium. It has rarely sunk in with the pro-El Toro airport group that much of the passion from the anti-airport crowd comes from the lies.
Who can forget the line "Commercial airports close by will raise property values," or the infamous "It's safe to fly loaded commercial jets uphill, downwind and toward the mountains," or "Airports are good for the environment"? Add to that insulting pro-airport facts like "Children learn better with jets screaming overhead" and "Airports provide hundreds of good-paying jobs," and "JWA will stay operating." Do you understand now, Mr. Griffen, why the anti-airport people were so incensed and united against the airport? Nobody likes being lied to.