I read the article about Portland jetport noise by staff writers Dennis Hoey and Eric Russell in Tuesday’s Press Herald, as well as the online comments. I think you have missed the real issue: that is, the dramatic increase in the number of jets failing to use the Fore River approach, instead coming in over Loveitts Field, Willard and Mussey streets and Knightville.

The issue is the noise and altitude (which amplifies the noise) of jets doing their final approach. There was a time when this approach was only used in bad weather. Now it is the norm.

You do need to dig deeper. This issue has been raised at many Jetport Noise Advisory Committee meetings, but citizens’ comments have not been included in the minutes.

This is a public health issue, and there are many articles about the decibels of aircraft causing hearing loss.

Patricia Critchfield

South Portland