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Veteran finds Whidbey News-Times appalling

As I was enjoying a quiet night with my husband (one of the few due to his strong commitment to his country) I came across an article in your paper. It spoke about the Navy being “guests” here on the island and how a woman named Caralyn Haglund was so upset because the Navy flies their planes at night and disrupts her eight hours of sleep, along with a few other nasty insults.

I find it very disgraceful that you would allow this type of garbage to be printed in your paper. Whidbey Island as a whole is made up of over 50 percent military or former military people. Without even a thought to how this might offend someone or a whole community for that matter it was printed in black and white.

As a military vet myself and a current military spouse, I find it absolutely appalling. I am not against our rights as Americans, especially our freedom of speech however, if it were not for those sailors and marines flying these planes late at night those rights would be nonexistent!

I personally will no longer be a supporter of your paper and yes it is because of this one article. Myself and my three children will be saying goodbye to my husband for a minimum of nine months so he can be out in the middle of the ocean somewhere protecting this amazing country and the lack of amazing people who live in it. But I’m sure those stories won’t be making it to the printing press. In conclusion, I honestly hope you are aware of the negative and flat out bad publicity this one article has given your paper.

Katelyn Thurgood
Whidbey Island


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