Letters to the Editor

Navy: Navy drivers should be quiet

I would like to invite Capt. Black to sit any Saturday, especially following a pay day, on Barrington Drive at the post office and count the number of vehicles that in my opinion exceed the nuisance ordinance with music blaring as they deposit mail into the boxes or drive up and down "Barrington Speedway" as we local residents call it.

One day in July I decided to count the number of vehicles pulling into the post office mail drop area -- those that had blaring music far and away beyond what would be considered an acceptable level based upon the verbiage of the local noise ordnance. Within 30 minutes the average of noisy vehicles that had a military sticker of some type was about 7 out of every 10 vehicles.

We live in the city by choice, we wish to have access to local amenities and close access to downtown. We are more than willing to accept normal levels of noise and city activity. What we want is for the local military to take a level of responsibility to educate your local staff of the city laws of Oak Harbor. We simply wish that those deemed as the "rotten apple in a barrel" be reminded that there are residents here that deserve the same respect and support we offer to them and that you offer some type of action that will be taken.

Does the military base not censure excessive noise and/or speeding on the base? Is there not an orientation for new staff coming to the base that also offers and educates to that staff the laws of the community they are moving into?

What we wish is that we could live in peace and harmony without feeling as though we are always being bombarded by that small handful of disrespectful miliary personnel flowing through our community on a transient basis and leaving a negative mark on the other military staff and family members that we have come to consider friends and an important part of our community.

S. Murray

Oak Harbor

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