I am compelled to address the misinformation contained in the recent letter of Richard Krause. If Richie's letter which ranged from inaccurate to just-plain wrong were so bruising to the truth, it would have provided more chuckles than a "Three Stooges" marathon. As is Dickie's want, if the facts get in the way, they are ignored.
So, Dickie, ole boy, as a resident of Shelter Island, you do owe an apology to the residents of East Hampton, who every day and every tax season have reasons to be concerned about the safety and integrity surrounding the town's airport and its users.
Let me correct the first of your misstatements: My home of almost 20 years lies southeast of the flight path of any plane using runway 4/22 and maintaining its heading. Therefore, my neighbors and I are impacted only when the tree-skimming Waldo-Pepper-Wannabes choose to ignore the airport manager's guidance to elevate to 1050 feet before any turn. Let me add that your misrepresentation of my property, past or present, is exponentially off the mark, and no one would make such an exaggeration had they bothered to check the property tax rolls of East Hampton. Ah, Dickie, if only Marvin Gardens and Ventnor Avenue had been on the market.
Perhaps a fair disclosure would be your explanation of the issues between you and both the East Hampton Town building department and town fire marshal regarding alterations and additions to the interior of your town-owned hangar. Surprising that you, as a former Town of Oyster Bay building inspector, might have difficulty conforming to code. You, if anyone, should know that additional man-hours spent on such issues unnecessarily burden the taxpayer.
T-A-N-S-T-A-F-L, Dickie, ole boy! We're in agreement: There Ain't No Such Thing As a Free Lunch! As regularly reported in The Independent, the 1989 plan stands as master of our domain, and the local newspapers have gone to great length to depict what would be expected of East Hampton Town should additional F.A.A. funds come into play.
And another point: the face-to-face conversation you cite, regarding how to fly a plane took place between you and the late Dr. Gilbert Kaplan when the three of us were members of the East Hampton Noise-Abatement Committee under the Schneiderman administration. Back then, when you said you shouldn't be told how to fly a plane, Dr. Kaplan pointed out that he, also a pilot, regarded the 1050-foot elevation precaution as justified and that disregarding the recommendation was unnecessarily hazardous to those on the ground. As you may recall, that conversation was followed by your distributing and encouraging committee members to sign a bogus confidentiality agreement that you falsely claimed had come from the town attorney, an assertion he confirmed was a falsehood. It is appalling that you, as chair of the noise abatement committee at the time, would try to sidestep the open-meeting concept.
So, dear Dickie, what if you and your Save The Airport coterie could convert your misinformed hot air into gas? You'd be able to fly without starting your engines, and the noise problem would eliminate itself. And then you'd have your wish…no more bothering the people of East Hampton with your rambling offense concerning the airport.
ARTHUR J. FRENCH
May 02, 2006