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Marine Hills and Lakota both know airport noise | Letters

One of your readers, who wrote about the amount of aircraft leaving SeaTac Airport and flying more often over Marine Hills, should live here in the Lakota area.

We have been complaining about this for over three years, and to no avail. Even the Seattle Times didn’t hit on the problems that these flights are causing. One is, of course, the fact that our homes and property are losing value. But the most important part is the health issues that people don’t know about, and nobody seems to want to address.

Since the opening of the third runway, it is much worse. Don’t let the Port of Seattle fool you into believing they only use it less than 30 percent of the time. It’s more like 75 percent to 80 percent of the time. How many flights take off to the north?

As of late, it seems we, living here in the Lakota area, have seen more flights from the jumbo jets, flying directly over our homes, 24/7, and know for a fact they are a lot less than 5 nautical miles above us. Do they really think that by going 5 nautical miles to the south, we won’t see or hear them, if there is cloud cover, when that 5 nautical miles is a turn to the west and/or east over Dash Point Road? If you look up nautical miles, you will see that one nautical mile is a little more than 6,000 feet.

I understand that there will be a roundtable of mayors from the areas affected by aircraft noise, at SeaTac, sometime this month. You can bet there will be more oral diatribe from the Port of Seattle commissioners — how maybe they can insulate some homes that are affected by the greater noise problems. These people don’t have a clue that we pay a hefty tax to live in an area for which we saved for 40 years so we could have the view of Puget Sound.

Talking to the Port of Seattle commissioners is like talking to a brick wall. From the oral diatribe I have received from certain members of the Port, they think: I moved here, so live with the airport and suffer the consequences of living in a retirement home so close to a major airport. They don’t care about the possible health issues, nor do they care what it will do to the value of our homes.

Pat Gee, Federal Way

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