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Move if you don’t like Navy noise | Letters

March 28, 2013 · Updated 3:46 PM


I just read Ken Pickard’s letter to the editor three times to see what I was missing in his interpretation of logic.

Since I have not been able to come to a logical conclusion I would ask Mr. Pickard why a government entity that was in place before almost all the current homes and businesses should be moved?

He uses Island Transit new building as an example. I am sure Martha Rose and company noticed the planes before building. In the 1960s and 1970s when Admiral’s Cove, Dugualla Bay and other neighborhoods started “new” construction near OLF Coupeville and the naval air station at a high rate we started getting phone calls at the Operations Center on NAS Whidbey complaining about the noise.

It did not make sense then and does not make sense now. Using Mr. Pickard’s theme if I build a home next to Island Disposal I should bang the drum to have them move since I would not like the smell.

To use another example I should have the right to petition the government to have the county road next to my house that I purchased in 1975 to be closed due to the new neighborhoods that have sprouted up and, in turn, increased the traffic and the noise level.

In response to Mr. Pickard and the few others in his drum beating choir I would say if I was interested in purchasing land and building near a runway then as the old adage goes — If it quacks, walks and talks like a duck — I would have to learn to live with the duck or here it comes — move.

Jim Pace
Oak Harbor




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