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I just finished the letter from Newport Beach reader Dave Slavik and the superb response from "nobody in particular" (Letters, July 2). Thanks are in order:

Thank you for being grounded. Thank you for what Slavik called your "pathetic stabs." Thank you for having a voice. Thank you for having a mind capable of insight. Thank you for attending the Coastline Community College District. Thank you for your sense of humor. Thank you for being free.

—R. Starr, via e-mail

Nobody is trying to "foist" (your word) El Toro International Airport on anyone. "Foist" means "to impose by fraud or deception." Recall that the airport was approved by the voters of Orange County in 1994 and again in 1996—hardly "fraud or deception." Anything El Toro Airport's opponents or your editors did not like about it should have been brought to the fore then, not today.

You may "dislike the fact that George Argyros wants to bankroll construction [sure he does, sure] of a noxious airport," but the alternative is even more noxiousness in the form of a lengthy, polluting commute to LAX or its equivalent. My friend, a county employee, flies to Sacramento regularly from John Wayne Airport at a cost of $447 round trip—on your tax dollars.

It is an imperfect world, people. To put all the things you don't want around your lovely homes far out in the desert is prohibitively expensive and profoundly impractical for many reasons. But people do like to squeal. Many call themselves "activists."

—John Jaeger, "deactivist," Irvine

Everyone knows the movie It's a Wonderful Life and how George Bailey (James Stewart) learned how terrible life would be without him in the community of Bedford Falls. Today, Orange County residents are facing a similar opportunity to make a difference in their community. We are currently being confronted with the possible construction of a 28-million-passengers-per-year international airport at El Toro.

While many voted for the airport initially for the promise of jobs and convenience, it's becoming clear that this airport will have a horrendous impact on the quality of life for everyone in Orange County. The county was designed, built and sold to homeowners as a bedroom community where they could raise their families, not an urban center. Building an international airport in the middle of this environment will bring unbearable noise to families and retirees living near the airport, and its flight paths and will bring to all residents the familiar airport scenario of traffic gridlock, pollution, high-rise hotels, "adult" entertainment, etc.—the overall deterioration of the county (in other words, Pottersville).

They say it will bring business, but what kind? What innovative high-tech or biotech firm would move to an Irvine Spectrum or other Orange County business park surrounded by urban blight? The attraction of Orange County is its quality of life, not its proximity to an airport. The jobs created will be low-paying ones in the service sector. As for convenience, I'm willing to travel an hour for my once-per-year use of LAX to keep urban blight out of Orange County. As someone once asked, "Y B LA?"

The El Toro Airport is the brainchild of an elite group of wealthy men who stand to make a lot of money from its construction. Like George Bailey, we can choose to fight Mr. Potter (Argyros) and ensure our community is a place where our children and children's children can continue to have a wonderful life. Will Orange County make the right choice?

—Mike and Angie Kilroy, Aliso Viejo BIZKITS AND RICE

Re: Rich Kane's review of Limp Bizkit's Significant Other (CD Reviews, July 2):

I agree. However, they just knocked the Backstreet Boys off the No. 1 position in the pop charts, the first time a rock group has hit No. 1 in a very long time.

Translation: "Pompous, talentless, awkward, pathetic and impotent rock musicians are what people seem to really, really like." Again, sort of the "How can you tell a billion Chinese that rice doesn't taste very good?" problem.

Me, I just hate rice.


I was deeply saddened, as I'm sure everyone who read Bob Emmers' "Kat Killers" was, by this reminder of the serious problem of animal overpopulation and how we're trying to deal with it (The County, June 25). I want to impress upon your readers that there is a way that we, as responsible adults, can do far more to help alleviate this problem than just feeling guilty and sickened when it's brought to our attention. You can help bring the number of euthanized cats (as well as other animals) down by spaying and neutering your pets. It seems so simple, and yet, in my upscale Belmont Shore neighborhood, outdoor domestic cats are everywhere! Many of them are not strays, mind you, but rather outdoor pets that seem to be mostly unneutered and without collars. Which brings me to another point: If you have an outdoor pet, why doesn't it have a collar so Animal Control won't pick it up?

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