CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1999
I am sometimes accused (letter, Feb. 28) of attempting to close Los Angeles International Airport in order to build Palmdale Airport. Nothing could be further from the truth. The truth is that we do need additional airport capacity in Southern California; the question is: Where? I believe that LAX already carries disproportionately far more in traffic than its location within the region justifies. We have a very limited set of options available at LAX, but Palmdale offers the opportunity to develop an additional airport to carry the growth Southern California expects in the coming decades.
June 23, 2002
Re "County Has Options After El Toro Vote," letters, June 9: Thank you pilot and aircraft owner Patrick Barry for your letter that states what the Airline Pilots Assn. said from the beginning. The El Toro runways will not work, and neither will an international airport in southern Orange County. The "never say die" pro-airport politicians and uninformed people of Orange County will never acknowledge this. The residents of Leisure World look down on the runways, which are so close one can almost spit on them.
March 3, 1996
I assume columnist James Flanigan lives nowhere near an airport or else he would not be so gung-ho on airport expansion ("High Time for Airports," Feb. 14). He is absolutely right when he says airports arouse opposition from all sorts of people. Why? They are unbearably noisy, they create pollution, things drop from planes, there is a constant chance of accident. Building more and more--whether it be airports or highways--encourages more usage and pretty soon we are right back where we started--never enough room on the freeways--never enough airport capacity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1999
I received a brochure, "Flying in the Face of Safety," questioning the safety of the El Toro airport. Obviously, it was designed and distributed by South County activists to kill the proposed airport. What was particularly offensive to me was that they had the audacity to try to put Newport Beach in a bad light with a quote insinuating people will die at El Toro because our citizens don't want flights over them. That is just outrageous. I've taken the plane out of John Wayne Airport enough to know El Toro could not be any more of a risk to fly out of than John Wayne, with its dangerously small runway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1999
It is appalling to me that South County residents complain it would be unfair to them to build an airport at El Toro while at the same time asserting that the county should instead open up John Wayne Airport to greater capacity. For years, residents of Santa Ana Heights, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach have lived with airport noise so that all of the residents of Orange County could have a convenient airport, in effect paying a tax for the benefit of the entire county. Due to the lack of a buffer zone like the one that surrounds El Toro, the jet noise is extremely loud, much louder than the noise that would be experienced by South County residents from an El Toro airport.
January 26, 2003
Re "What Cox Should Have Said on Airport, Schools," Jan. 19: Alas, after just one blissful Sunday edition with no letters about El Toro, Larry Root uses Rep. Christopher Cox's piece (which was about the economy, not the airport) to bootstrap into a harangue about the economic need for an El Toro International Airport. Root conveniently ignores the facts that Orange County already has a not-yet-paid-for, $250-million airport (John Wayne) and that it operates at 50% of its designed capacity, strangled by artificial limits on capacity and operation by Newport Beach.