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Letter: Noise issue actually matter of degree


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From: Angie Miller

Columbus

Received: April 2

This letter is in regard to Stephanie Wilson’s letter to the editor reminding airport-area residents that the airport was there when they moved in and that a lot of airport activity is good for Columbus jobs.

Many, if not most, airport-area residents agree with her. The only point of disagreement is a matter of degree. I would make an analogy to a neighborhood that is near a place of business that has noisy activity during the day, perhaps some rumbling trucks, and some booming machinery punctuated by the occasional banging and jackhammering of a construction project.

If that activity began to persist day and night over a period of time, it would make the area unlivable to neighbors who can’t sleep through the noise. Even though Ms. Wilson says she lives near the airport, perhaps she is one of those people who are blessed to have a high threshold of tolerance to noise, like some people are blessed to not have asthma when they are faced with pollution.

Many of your neighbors are not so lucky. Noise-pollution restrictions are commonplace regarding such noises as fireworks, loud neighborhood parties, and loud cars.

Columbus needs both jobs and livable neighborhoods in order for us to have a successful community. It is reasonable to seek a solution that is a win-win for both economic activity and quality of life for neighbors. Without attention to the concerns of neighbors, our community may “win the battle” of bringing in jobs, but “lose the war” of nurturing a healthy, prosperous community with plenty of good jobs and plenty of good neighborhoods to live in.

 

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