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Letter: For sake of the area, close MacArthur

Passengers arrive for their flights at Long Island

Passengers arrive for their flights at Long Island MacArthur Airport on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015. Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

The idea that Long Island MacArthur Airport and the Ronkonkoma Hub expansion will benefit the surrounding residential community is a fiction [“Where hot markets heat up home prices,” News, May 20].

Residential neighborhoods around major airports have deteriorated into poverty-stricken, crime-ridden, drug-infested neighborhoods, not the up-and-coming success story Newsday promises for Ronkonkoma.

Ronkonkoma-area communities have been built on the quality of the schools and are safe and healthy places to raise families. The airport and its expansion will destroy those qualities.

Newsday has ignored this reality and chosen to perpetuate a big lie through its reporting and its editorial pages [“Think long-term at MacArthur,” Editorial, April 26].

The airport pays no taxes to support our struggling school, town and county budgets. History has shown the airport’s mentality of “build it and they will come” is a failure.

Government is wasting huge sums on the airport’s expansion. This money should be used to lower our tax burden and benefit Long Island’s economy. The airport should be re-purposed to another use.

Philip Weinstein, Holbrook