Letter: Failure to do due diligence is a self-inflicted injury


Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your “Growler flight path” column, Mr. Graves, and how those who live under it made the choice to do so. Because what you say is true and can be related to, and I do not know how it is that some who have eyes remain blind and who have ears yet remain deaf. They continue to endlessly scream like immature, selfish and self-centered children in temper tantrums, blindly not seeing truth and are deaf to reason and continue to vehemently scream illogical demands.

One of the most surprising facts is how blaring and deafeningly loud a very small number of people can be. They, as you said, made the choice to live where they are but are only concerned with their own personal pleasure and convenience. Their claims of wanting “monetary relief for the impact the Navy has had on their lives” after they signed the same document I did 30 years ago and acknowledged they understood this was a noise zone merits them nothing.

Knowing this puts a logical hole in their balloon letting out the hot air their vociferous claims are made of. While that argument didn’t hold up, their attorneys used the endangered species card to try bolstering up their case with the marbled murrelet, which is endangered but is apparently not at all concerned with the jet noise.

I suppose that we must recognize that there will be a roaring minority who have eyes that will remain blind, and ears that will remain deaf, oblivious to the fact that the inconvenience caused by their intentionally moving to where they are might come with a price. But if there is an injury, it is self-inflicted.

Rick Widdison


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