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Believes COER is trying to close NAS Whidbey | Letters

Editor,

If Michael Monson’s letter was an attempt at humor — quoting a children’s story of farm animals running willy nilly and worrying about the “sky falling” — he should keep his day job.

Many of those in his group, Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, may not have lived here when the specter of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station being closed by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission was a very real threat.

Those of us who were here remember we only missed closure through a lot of hard work by our elected representatives, the Navy League, and concerned citizens.

He made light of something that is always in the shadows and all it takes is a group like his to bring it out toward the light. I feel he tells the people what they want to hear.

The public can believe what they want but personally I don’t believe him. It always starts with just one thing but then seems to grow.

So, I will stand by my convictions and fight groups like Monson to keep both Whidbey Island Naval Air Station and Outlying Field Coupeville open in order to train the best aviators in the world so, when the time comes, they can protect both you and me.

Michael Van Voorst

Oak Harbor

 

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