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Letter: Consider residents near MacArthur

A Southwest Airline 737 plane landing at MacArthur

A Southwest Airline 737 plane landing at MacArthur Airport in Islip. (March 16, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

In several recent editorials and reports, Newsday appears to favor the expansion of Long Island MacArthur airport.

The push to add more airlines or flights leaves out a major consideration: The impact on the quality of life of nearby residents who have to deal with the airplanes’ noise.

I live in the direct path of a runway. Planes take off and land more often than I and others would like, sometimes before 6 a.m. and, at times, long after 11 p.m. There should be a 11 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew.

Expansion of MacArthur also means more noise and lower quality of life for many Long Islanders. Why hasn’t Newsday written more about this other side?

Raoul Toussaint, Holbrook

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