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Letter to the Editor, April 13, 2005

To the Editor:

This is in response to Paul Scholl¯s letter regarding the Ohio State University Airport¯s proposed expansion (April 6, Worthington News). I¯m sorry if you are tired of reading letters from people voicing their concerns, but no one is forcing you to read them. They are speaking up because the airport conditions have changed, and not to the benefit of the Worthington community.

My husband and I bought our home in Colonial Hiss five years ago because we fell in love with area, the proximity to Olde Worthington and the wonderful school system. I have lived in northwest Columbus since 1975.

When we bought our house, we knew that planes flew over. At that time, they were mostly high-wing single prop planes. Now they are most corporate jets. The last I checked, the decibel level from a 12-passenger jet was significantly louder than a 4-passenger prop plane.

In the past five years, the air traffic at Don Scott has increased dramatically and the flight patterns have changed. We can sit on our patio some evenings and just about read the tail numbers off of the planes.

Mr. School is correct in that vibrant communities need all forms of transportation, but at what cost?

I am not a "short-sighted individual," nor a "me first society" member. However, when a large portion of a community has concerns about quality of life issues, would it not be prudent to stop, listen and solve the problem to the benefit of all instead of some?

If Mr. Scholl really believes that the Don Scott expansion is "an issue for all in the community," then he should listen to the concerns of "all in the community."

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