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Will COER accept liability if a Growler crashes? | Letters

November 4, 2013 · Updated 3:47 PM


Recent behaviors by Citizens of the Ebey’s Reserve (COER) make me want to inquire of COER in the public square.

Here goes my attempt at scoping questions for COER:

If COER claims to be “pro-Navy,” then how can Ken Pickard possibly be your president and spokesperson — the same Ken Pickard who lobbies with hateful words like “act in accordance with what you know to be true instead of like worried, timid leaders, afraid of the military, afraid of losing the federal pork it delivers here on paydays” as documented in this newspaper that COER then attempted to retaliate for publicizing?

Is COER open to mitigation strategies short of closing OLF Coupeville? If so, what strategies, e.g. improved noise disclosures, increased public disclosure, soundproofing and eminent domain, as the U.S. Navy has on public record stated OLF Coupeville is necessary to safely operate EA-18Gs and EA-6Bs?

Will COER file for injunctive relief putting their interests ahead of the national interest of having VAQ air crew safely complete their final field carrier landing practice at OLF Coupeville after interim practices are carried out at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station as is so this autumn? If so, does COER accept liability for any EA-18G or EA-6B crash on an aircraft carrier?

Furthermore, this dues-paying Oak Harbor Navy Leaguer will continue to lobby for OLF Coupeville plus mitigation as I did at the Oct. 14 Island County Commissioners meeting. I will do so also at EA-18G EIS scoping meetings Dec. 3 at Coupeville High School, Dec. 4 at Oak Harbor High and Dec. 5 at Anacortes Middle School – all from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. I encourage COER to do the same — civilly.

Joe Kunzler



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