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Isn’t it time for a few other ‘concessions?’| Letters


The Navy concedes?

The Wednesday, Dec. 11 issue of the Whidbey News-Times reports that the Navy “concedes that their touch and go operations have exceeded their estimates by roughly 3,000.”

For one year!

In reality, the Navy exceeded its 2005 EA operational numbers in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. In other words, the Navy exceeded its numbers every year the Growlers have been flying and the 2013 excess would have been even greater except for COER’s lawsuit.

Concessions are only pulled out of the Navy kicking and screaming.

Isn’t it also about time that the Navy “concedes” that they know that their jet noise is causing damage to the health and welfare of the citizens of Island County?

Isn’t it time the Navy “concedes” that they know they are destroying the tourism business on Whidbey Island?

Isn’t it time the Navy “concedes” they are damaging our children who play at the Rhododendron Park ball fields? Isn’t it time the Navy “concedes” that they are driving tourists away from the premier Washington State Park — Deception Pass — to the extent that the state has put the following warning on its website?

“Please note: U.S. Navy jets from nearby Naval Air Station Whidbey Island may fly over the campground at any time for several hours. Navy personnel conduct training missions which are not announced ahead of time. Depending on the direction of the wind, their flight pattern may put them above the park, creating noisy conditions for campers. State Parks cannot be responsible for this significant intrusion into your camping experience.”

Isn’t it time the Navy finally “concedes” that the EA-18G Growlers do not belong in a beautiful, historic, and heavily populated area such as Whidbey Island and the surrounding areas of Puget Sound?

Michael Monson, president

Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve


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