Letters to the Editor

Dialogue could spark OLF tourism chances


On July 15 America’s Navy was sued by the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve – hereafter CER – to cease Outlying Field Coupeville fight operations until an Environmental Impact Statement is performed of EA-18G Growlers training for the national defense site OLF Coupeville. I’d like to defend OLF Coupeville as a patriot, if I may please.

Why is OLF Coupeville part of the national defense? OLF Coupeville is where aircraft carrier landings can be rehearsed safely away from interfering air traffic and lights. Actually, OLF Coupeville has been home to military jet and helicopter training since the 1960s and during WWII propeller combat aircraft.

Property purchasers and renters were also warned at least since 1992 of the presence of jet noise; yet a lawsuit arose and many are consequently debating where to redirect commerce out of moral outrage.

As if magically training American superheroes must pause for years until a new EIS and/or OLF. As if we can study the impacts of EA-18Gs without EA-18Gs flying at the OLF, which arguably created the same faults CER alleges.

If only some attitudes adjusted, perhaps we could discuss marketing opportunities to make OLF Coupeville an international tourist attraction. I inquire as a leader of the pro-OLF community with over 850 fellow patriots on a “Save OLF Coupeville” petition at www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-olf/ if I may please attend the next mitigation meeting around OLF Coupeville to not just present the petition, but also listen thoughtfully.

Joe Kunzler


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