Naples Airport seeks community input
As a commissioner on the Naples Airport Authority for the past six years and a resident who lives under one of the most active flight paths, it’s very important to me to be involved in advancing opportunities for noise mitigation in our community.
The airport connects people and businesses to Southwest Florida while also hosting critical services like the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Medical Services and Mosquito Control. Since its inception in 1943, the airport has grown with the community to provide an FDOT estimated $440 million annual economic benefit to our community. Having said that, there is no doubt the NAA is keenly aware of concerns about increased activity and noise, particularly since more residents are using private air travel due to the pandemic.
The airport is committed to mitigating noise impacts to the extent possible, which is why we are undertaking a $1.4 million noise study. The FAA has the final say on any proposed changes that affect arriving or departing aircraft including increasing jet departure altitudes, changes to flight paths and opportunities to enhance our voluntary nighttime curfew, which is why this study is so critical. This study allows the airport to be the advocate for the community and propose these types of changes to the FAA, in order to produce improvements in noise abatement.
During the first phase of this study, we conducted dozens of community outreach meetings, however as this phase nears completion it is important that the community remains involved during the second phase when noise abatement strategies will be evaluated and submitted to the FAA for approval. Information about the study and how to submit comments can be found at www.flynaples.com/noisestudy/.
Donna Messer, Naples Airport Authority commissioner
Deal-breaker on infrastructure bill
With the useless negotiations for a bipartisan infrastructure bill dragging on, two inclusions which are paramount to it’s passing are provisions for climate change and taxing those whose income exceeds $400,000 per year.
Republicans, who previously were the opponents of deficit spending, demand they will not support any plan that raises taxes or eliminates tax loopholes. However, they had no problem passing Trump’s tax reduction which, not only was not needed, but skyrocketed our deficit and did little to help average Americans. They also refuse to acknowledge the need for funds toward climate change abatement which would also create new jobs and help with the release of carbon dioxide.
To exclude these provisions, it is a definitive deal-breaker which should end these faux negotiations and have the Democrats go it alone.
Glenn Chenot, Cape Coral
Russia, China, Iran benefit from Biden policy
From the Wall Street Journal: “The U.S. is barreling toward one of the greatest self-inflicted wounds in its history. This came into sharper focus last week when President Biden suspended oil leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), even as Russia and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced production increases.
“Mr. Biden’s anti-carbon fusillade will have no effect on the climate as global demand for fossil fuels will continue to increase for decades no matter what the U.S. does. Meantime, Russia, China and Iran will take advantage of America’s astonishing fossil-fuel retreat.”
Tell me again Trump was a “Russian agent.”
Looks to me that Biden and the 90 percent of Obama advisers in his administration are!
Joe Kiernan, Naples
Fake patriots deluding themselves
The small minority of loud, stupid, “Faketriotic” Americans who believe Trump’s megalomaniacal rants feel emboldened and validated by the overwhelming media coverage about their Dear Leader’s vision for his autocratic aspirations to “Save America.”
On behalf of the vast majority of quiet, sane and truly patriotic Americans let me say this:
Fascist wimps are deluding themselves if they think we sane, patriotic Americans will remain quiet if they attempt to undo what The Greatest Generation accomplished with their lives and blood defeating the last megalomaniacal autocrat who climbed up on the world stage!
J.R. Cant, Naples
Wary of chemical solution to algae problem
I’m writing this letter not because I want to, but must. The state of Florida has numerous water problems, of which one is “green algae.” Our governor has decided to pilot a test of a chemical solution to solve the problem.
Just so happens I’m one of far too many Vietnam U.S. veterans who came in contact with the chemical “Agent Orange” and now have prostate cancer.
Let’s hope this chemical doesn’t have similar long-term effects.
Charles Hughes, Estero