I moved to Hilton Head Island because of the quiet, scenery and pleasant environment.
To a recent letter writer: No, the airport expansion is not a racial or church question; nor is it a real estate development issue. It is a quality-of-life issue.
Who in their right mind would try to squish a large airport onto a tiny island? As it is, you can practically reach up and touch the airplanes as they land and take off from the airport. I live on the island, not on land surrounding the airport, but I am not one of the rich people who have no concern whatsoever for their neighbors. I am against enlarging the airport and would love to have it removed (and perhaps replaced with a park and garden with walking and biking trails). There are people in the higher echelons of the community who have a lot of pull and who don't give a hoot about the rest of us.
Enlarging an airport in the center of a community of homes is ludicrous. The air pollution makes the whole area smell for miles around. The sound pollution is horrific. The safety concerns are outrageous. This is a life-or-death issue as the planes fly constantly right over our homes and the landing patterns become larger.
A moratorium should be called on this project and a public vote taken. Common sense should tell you that expansion does not mean improvement and that we will all profit aesthetically, physically and mentally without it.
Hilton Head Island