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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 4, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Paine Field

Neighborhood quality more important

As someone who lives near Paine Field, I want to respond to “Paine Field revs up” [editorial, Oct. 3], which supported opening commercial flights there.

Entire communities were built around Paine Field because of an established legal agreement that no commercial flights, with the subsequent increase in noise and traffic, would occur there. Developers made a lot of money building those neighborhoods with these assurances.

Now, a few business people have decided they want to profit at the expense of these communities by pushing to have that existing agreement dismantled and commercial flights forced into Paine Field, despite what it will do to the quality of life and home values of the families in the area.

Yet, The Seattle Times supports them. Does that mean you are willing to buy our homes at full value and live with the noise and disruption yourselves? If not, then you should not use your editorial page to promote the issue.

— Bridget Walker, Mukilteo

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