Airport has been around longer than most residents

As I have been reading the articles about the Buffalo Lancaster Airport, it brings back great memories of my childhood. Back in the early ’70s, when I was a little girl, I used to call my grandfather up to ask if he could take us on an airplane ride with my siblings. He never refused, of course, unless the weather was bad. The rides we took were amazing, flying over my house in Lancaster, my uncle’s home in Darien, Niagara Falls, etc. I remember not too many houses right around the airport, just bare land.

When I read about this group of people who are against possible expansion of the airport, I wonder why they would say that low-flying planes are ruining their quality of life and property values. I’m positive that when they moved in their homes, they knew the airport was there. When I moved into my home in Williamsville, I knew my house was right in the landing and taking off zones of Buffalo Niagara International Airport. I knew that some nights at 2 a.m. I would be hearing the planes, even though they aren’t supposed to land after 11 p.m., or not being able to talk outside when they are landing or taking off while I’m enjoying my yard. So why would I complain about it? I don’t; it was my choice.

I just don’t understand why these people have anything to complain about. It was their choice to purchase in that area. What’s next for this group – complaining to the Lancaster Town Board about too much noise from the trains that run through their neighborhood? Really? The whole thing is ridiculous.

Lisa Stumpf