All are directly under the new flight path, putting every one of these children at risk should an accident happen here. And while that may be a worst-case scenario, we must not overlook the well-researched and highly negative impacts of aircraft noise on children's learning, cognition and stress levels, nor can we ignore the increased health impacts of jet exhaust being deposited directly on our homes, schools and athletic fields.
According to reports on the Air India crash, there was no warning, "no distress message or communication from the pilot that the aircraft was having mechanical or operational difficulty."
We may never know what happened in India; however, we can make sure it does not happen here. We just need the planes moved back to the center of the bay.
Call the Federal Aviation Administration, call your City Council members, call the Orange County supervisors, call the airport, call the airlines' corporate offices. Make your concerns known loud and clear. Our children deserve nothing less.
American election system is a privilege
In response to the cynical and self-serving response by David Pearse to Judge Gray's column: I absolutely disagree (Mailbag: "Gray's vote won't matter," May 21).
I have had the good fortune over the last 25 years to travel to dozens of countries, many of which were oppressive dictatorships, communist states or kleptocracies. I have spoken with activist lawyers in Latin America, Coptic Christians in Egypt, students in Nigeria and dissidents in East Bloc Europe. And love or hate the United States, they had one thing in common. They wished their countries had our system of free and fair elections.