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December 14, 2008 at 4:46 PM

Sea-Tac noise

Snohomish County, beware

The “war zone” created by planes landing on the new third runway at Sea-Tac Airport was not what the citizens living around it were promised [“Neighbors feel duped over 3rd-runway noise,” Times, page one, Dec. 11]. Now they must yell to be heard over the noise, soothe crying babies awakened by jet-engine roars and live with the realization that they were duped by Port of Seattle representatives.

And let’s not forget the plummeting value of their homes. People of Southern Snohomish County, be warned: The economic-development groups pushing for commercial flights at Paine Field are using the same tactics. They promise low noise levels, new job opportunities and a minimal number of flights per day. Don’t believe them.

If you allow one airline in, others will surely follow, and the insignificant noise levels they quote, along with their charts and graphs, are deceptive. Remember the sad story of the people living under Sea-Tac’s third runway, and work with your community leaders to keep commercial flights out of Paine Field.

— Chris Salditt, Mukilteo

So sorry

What a joy to read all of the critics’ comments — especially the ones that appear to be from out of state and/or out of the area.

People are focusing on the fact that if we live by the airport we should expect noise. I rented my place for nine years before purchasing it. I was used to the noise of the first and second runways; they were far enough away not to be a constant irritation.

What I didn’t count on was being outright lied to by the Port of Seattle. When I was offered a chance to purchase the rental three years ago, the Port assured me it would install a sound-reduction package when the home was in my name. When I called back, they say “no” because it was a mobile home.

The point of this community’s outrage is not that we expected no noise, it is that the facts laid out by the Port were untruthful to the extent that people could not make an informed decision: Should we have sold before the runway was complete? And if we were purchasing, which area would be the best?

It was my hope to build on my property one day or gain a good investment if I should want to move upon retiring.

My living situation is now unbearable, and I’m sure property values have been severely affected by this.

To all of you who are laughing, I am so sorry that I cannot afford to buy a $500,000 to $1 million house. Instead I must live in a neighborhood that is deemed not worthy of the same considerations of high-class areas.

— Kate Anderson, Burien

Insulted and duped

Thank you for your front-page story about all of us in the neighborhood feeling duped by the third runway at Sea-Tac Airport.

I live on 140th Street South, half a block west of Des Moines Memorial Drive.

Not only is the increase in noise ridiculous and harmful, but also to stand in front of my house, look up and see how close the planes are as they approach is not a pleasant experience.

We might not be in the “official” FAA [Federal Aviation Administration] crash zone, but we feel like we are.

To learn about all of the corruption and fraud that occurred during that long process is sickening and an insult to us.

— Cheryl Zappala, Burien

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