Letters to the Editor

Navy: Noise, wars not necessary

A few weeks ago there was an leter in your news about the jets being here for 60 years. I have been a citizen of this community for 40 of those 60 years. When I got here in 1963 there were no jet squadrons here. I saw sitting on the line A3Ds, which were the aircrafts that were the fighters at that time, and they did not make that much noise. Nor were there any established flight patterns such as the jet flight patterns of today.

The other aircraft that was based here was known as a P2V, the Navy Neptune Bomber. This aircraft flew mostly over the coastal water searching for submarines or ships that were not supposed to be in our waters.

The patrol bombers did not leave this island until 1970, when most of the squadrons were sent to Hawaii. A3Ds were then obsolete.

There was not the noise for the first 20 years of the Navy being here such as there is now. While I realize these pilots have to get their night flying in to prepare for war, I am with the rest of the community. It gets old after a while. If we were really fighting for our country instead of getting paranoid of who has the bomb next, and if this country would mind its own business, perhaps the Americans would not be so hated! We are not the police of the world!

The Korean, Vietnam, Desert Storm and this last war with Saddam Hussein have amounted to nothing. We lost a lot of our precious men. For what? This isn’t a fight for our country, as the military says it its. It’s a battle to control others. We were not fired on by anyone except for the Twin Towers, and that was because we as a people have become too greedy for our own good and others see us as the “Ugly Americans.”

“We’ll break their economy and maybe they will be on our level.”

The Twin Towers stood for greed, or the Babel Tower as others have come to know it. We were not attacked by a country. We were attacked by a group of terrorists who represented many different philosophies. So as the Navy goes, they have thumbed their noses at us for a long time now, do not give a hoot who they keep awake and have the same arrogance as they have always had. I know. I used to be associated with a military man for 20 years. The civilians do have something to complain about, and they wouldn’t be complaining if we were really fighting for our country.

So to the person who wrote the letter to the News-Times, perhaps he should know his history a little better.

Diana Nicholai

Oak Harbor

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