By NEMS Daily Journal
UAM’s planes, noise disrupting West Tupelo neighborhood
As a resident of Tupelo, but more specifically of Wildwood subdivision in West Tupelo, I would like to address this hospice facility for old geriatric airplanes the city has permitted to reside at the airport.
In Tupelo’s rush for jobs they ignored evidence from other airports as to UAM’s tendency for junking up their airports. It just shows you how elected leaders can be blinded to the facts when they think it’s good for the city in the rush for jobs and what’s good for the city.
Never mind about what the airport looks like now. Never mind about property values in surrounding neighborhoods. Never mind about using up most of the empty tarmac.
They don’t have to look out their back door or window and see a very unique form of yard art. They don’t have to wake up before 7 a.m. to the sound similar to a beer can being squashed. Sit down to dinner, same sound. Go to church on Sunday, same sound.
One thing they can’t hide is all of the aircraft that are stacking up on the tarmac. You know what? Maybe that’s why we are expanding the runway. More parking space for UAM. For whatever reason, the airport is in decline, and this is not the answer.
One fact UAM can’t refute. They have totally destroyed seven to nine aircraft. They have at least three times that many waiting to be dismantled. With a backlog like that, most businesses would expand their work space. Not UAM. They don’t have to. They have Tupelo’s blessing to junk up their airport in their own sweet time.
But who are we? Just homeowners, taxpayers and, oh yes, voters!