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Turning our airport into a prison-like compound is a bad idea

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To The Daily Sun,

I read with interest the recent article regarding the fortification of the Laconia Airport with a "safety fence". An eight foot high, chain link fence with barbed wire outriggers will surely go a long way towards preventing those pesky aircraft/animal collisions.

Oh, wait, there have never been any. A search of the NTSB accident/incident archives back to 1963 does not reveal a single incident between an active aircraft and a deer, bear, moose, otter, bobcat, coyote or any other fur bearing critter at KCLI. Ever. So how did this become an issue of "human safety"?

Turning the airport into a prison-like compound, disturbing local wetlands and destroying it's friendly, rural appearance is a bad idea. Spending $700,000 to solve a problem that does not exist is even dumber.

Bill Hemmel
Laconia