Response saddens letter writer
September 11, 2012 · Updated 4:41 PM
This is in reply to the hundreds of comments to the Sept. 5 Letter to the Editor in the Whidbey News-Times, entitled “Navy should act like our guests.”
Apology -- I have read most of the hundreds of comments, and please know that we are truly saddened that we have offended so many of our military friends and families who sacrifice so much. Please allow me to clarify.
Taxes -- The statement about taxes was referring to property tax only. Government agencies do not pay property tax. Many were offended by the implication that military personnel do not pay property tax, but that was not what was meant. In all fairness, while Whidbey Navy does not pay property tax, they are very generous to the community in helping to fund schools, infrastructure, and charities.
Noise -- If you read the original Letter to the Editor, you will see that the only negative aspect was the issue of a possible increase in training flights and noise. She was simply giving her opinion against an increase in noise over Coupeville in response to the Navy request for community input. As it stands today, the whole issue has changed, at least for Coupeville, because the increases would be over North Whidbey.
Eight Hours of Sleep -- Many took offense at her need for eight hours of sleep, which is required due to health concerns.