I'm writing to complain about the premise put forth in a recent letter published in the Register entitled, "Don't let a few complainers make the rules."

I guess that makes me one of the "few complainers," and thank goodness there's a whole lot more of us "complainers" here in the Napa Valley than the author of this letter thinks there are. That "vibrant and wonderfully diverse and vibrant quality of life" we all enjoy here in the Napa Valley that the author speaks to is a reality mostly because the "complainers" have the foresight, courage and persistence to keep this valley from becoming the Disneyland of Northern California.

The issue of allowing the use of private heliports is a case in point. If this initiative is voted down ("no"), it's only a matter of time when that vibrant quality of life will be threatened with the sounds of helicopters whipping and shaking their way up and down the valley delivering their privileged passengers to the destinations of their choice.

The whole heliport proposal reminds me of the lyrics from the children's nursery rhyme, "Old MacDonald had a Farm" with a few modifications:

Old Napa County had some land E-I-E-I-O

And on this land there was a heliport E-I-E-I-O

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With a heliport here and a heliport there,

Here a heliport, there a heliport,

Everywhere a heliport, E-I-E-I-O!

This seems like a slippery slope to me. Vote Yes on Measure D and while you're at it, vote Yes on Measure C too.

Mike Wallace


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