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Sounds are a part of life here

Editor:

 I see we have another letter from Don Pitcairn complaining about the sound of jets flying over his South Surrey home (Make noise about noise, Dec. 28). He describes how he has been “shaken out of bed” by a sound like “rolling thunder.”

 I live on the southern slopes of White Rock. From my balcony I can see the lights of incoming jets as they approach the Peninsula, some of them flying directly overhead.

 I keep my bedroom window open every night, summer and winter.  I have yet to be shaken out of bed or have my sleep disturbed by the sound of jets. I have no difficulty accepting the fact that living on the Peninsula means living with the sound of aircraft, the hooting of trains, the squawking of seagulls and every other sound that is part of  life in this place.

 YVR is a busy international airport and every year it gets busier.  But the available airspace is limited, so it’s inevitable that jets are going to fly in and out over our area. 

On what grounds are we claiming special status?  In case we get “shaken out of bed” at night?

 I hope Pitcairn is not conveying the impression he speaks for all on the Peninsula.  My advice to him: try to get used to it, learn to live with it.  The jets aren’t going away.

Peter Williams, White Rock

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