Always About Money
Germany gives off the impression of being a harmonious land. It usually is, as long as one follows the rules, respects neighbors’ rights, and does not earn more money than others.
Even states bicker, when it comes to something causing jealousy. An airport earns money, and planes make noise; one stays within on state, while the other crosses borders.
Frankfurt airport lies in the state of Hesse. Many approach and departure routes lead planes over neighboring Rhineland Palatinate. Hesse has a Christian Democratic government (conservative); its neighbor to the west has a Social Democratic government (socialist).
Folks in the Rhineland are upset that Hesse earns so much money from Frankfurt airport, while they get only noise. What they mean is that it is unfair for someone to have more of something they want. They do not mention that residents of Hesse suffer from significantly more noise…but the fury is not about sound.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.