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Letters to the Editor 05/16/2018
To the Editor:
Each time I drive by Sisters Airport, I shake my head when I look at the development in the flight path.
I worked for the USAF for 25 years, and during that time I witnessed the closure of two bases because of encroachment by development. In each case the municipal authorities allowed the construction of subdivisions in the flight path, right up to the perimeter of the base. As people moved in, complaints began to mount about safety and noise. Eventually the bases were forced to close.
The same thing could happen to Sisters Airport. As more people move in to the development across from the runway and air traffic increases with the growth in population and number of visitors, inevitably complaints about safety and noise will be increasingly voiced. This will, in turn, increase the likelihood that the airport will eventually have to be closed.
In short, allowing development in the flight path was not a good idea.
To the Editor:
A couple of weeks ago, Katy Yoder wrote a thoughtful article on my sweet little mustang filly named "Grace" and her complicated health challenges.
As a result of that piece, we have experienced so much love and support and I cannot thank the people of this special community (and their friends beyond) enough. In a world where we find ourselves challenged to feel hope and optimism, often because of "front-page news," The Nugget Newspaper shared a story on their front page about those very things; hope and optimism.
I have called Sisters "my community" for almost 18 years, working within the city limits in a position that has enabled me to build relationships with hundreds of people who call Central Oregon their home.
Each and every one of those people appreciate life here because it is different... because it resonates with a quality of life rarely found in these fast-paced, disconnected days. There are times when we as a community find ourselves divided on issues, and that can paint an incomplete picture of the heart of this town.
Katy, The Nugget, and all who responded to the story of a young, once-wild filly from the Ochocos who needs help, painted the most complete picture possible. Sisters... the town where we care for one another, truly connect from a heart level about what matters to one another and live with compassion and a desire to take care of one another. My heart is overflowing with gratitude and appreciation.
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