Down with air show

Published: Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 30, 2005 at 10:55 p.m.
Several letters (Sept. 27) label as unpatriotic those of us who did not appreciate the heart-stopping noise from the Blue Angels, and I wonder what patriotism has to do with it.
The Blue Angels were not defending us from any enemies of any sort. They were simply entertaining a few thousand people who enjoy airplanes and loud noises.
Most of us in Alachua County were not interested and should not have had to endure disturbing sounds and then be forced to pay for them with our tax dollars.
Supporting the men and women in our military does not mean we have to agree with everything federal officials decide to have them do, and it certainly does not mean we have to approve of wasting money and ever-more precious fuel just to entertain a few people.
Commercial airlines have to fly their planes in ways that limit noise around populated areas, and I suggest that the organizers of the air show follow their lead. Smaller planes that make limited amounts of noise can put on a good show.
If these shows don't use military planes, I won't have to pay for the entertainment of others and for stressing my 65-year-old heart with booms from jets.
Judy L. Tipton, Gainesville

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