Re "Mather's noise critics feel shut out" (The Public Eye, Aug. 11): As a 27 year resident of El Dorado Hills and Folsom, I feel obligated to comment on the gross misinformation regarding the supposed noise problem from air traffic at Mather Field.
In the late 1980s our El Dorado Hills home was directly beneath the final approach for the B-52s and KC-135s. The noise was absolutely deafening as they configured for landing.
Now, living in Folsom, I can attest to the outstanding job of minimizing engine noise by the air-cargo pilots.
Therefore I believe the old political axiom applies:"when in doubt, follow the money." Real-estate prices around airports are traditionally depressed because of the noise and possible hazard. With more housing programmed for land south of Highway 50 -- underneath Mather's final approach course -- we have the money angle. Then too, there's the need to curry votes by the established politicians.
-- John M. Lowery Sr., Folsom