Obvious Solutions – Letter to the Editor, East Hampton Star, February 6, 2013

To the Editor,

Dear East Hampton Town Board members:

Please note that what (Peter) Kirsch is proposing will not alleviate what we citizens of East Hampton and the East End know to be the primary two problems at East Hampton Airport. These remain

1. the intolerable noise generated by helicopters at any time, and

2. the intolerable noise generated by all aircraft during inappropriate hours of operation.

Mr. Kirsch is not offering anything of real value, because he ignores the obvious solutions to these two enduring and escalating problems.

The obvious solutions:

1. ban helicopters from East Hampton Airport, and

2. impose an actual curfew of 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Nowhere else in this town is random and extreme noise permitted at midnight, or 5 a.m., or whenever some inconsiderate operator decides he wants to generate ridiculous amounts of noise when flying over thousands of innocent citizens simply trying to sleep in what used to be our quiet homes.

Forget Mr. Kirsch. Return the airport to its original purpose — or close it, and save the money and the bother.

Best wishes,