Outside observation

Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2001

When I visited Juneau during July of last year, I was struck by the majesty and splendor of the region. As I hiked up Mt. Roberts, I soaked in the beauty, but found it marred by the constant noise of planes and helicopters taking tourists inland, often as part of cruise side trips. Further up the mountain, I met an older couple who live in Juneau.

As I mentioned the noise, they said that it was an issue that was being examined by the Legislature. I'm very late in writing this letter, but I, as an "outsider," would like to urge the residents of Juneau to contact their representatives in support of a measure to reduce the number of aircraft operating in the area. While I would like to see a total ban to preserve the rugged silence of the mountains, that may be unrealistic. A policy which would allow some flights while reducing the current "rush hour" pace of air traffic would be in the long term best interests of both residents and tourists. Juneau residents, you live in one of the most beautiful spots in the world, and I hope you will take action to help keep the noise from detracting from it.

Glenn Wahl

Little Valley, N.Y.

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