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‘Dismissive attitude’ is beneath McDowell | Letters


What about noise and this century do some people not understand?

Don Grove’s Dec. 18 letter refers to when Outlying Field Coupeville was constructed in 1943 and not-so-politely wonders why people choose to live near an airfield.

Mr. Grove is far from alone in trying to point out that jets have flown at OLF Coupeville for quite a long time. However, anyone who reads the newspaper and is aware of the current issues surrounding OLF, and the federal lawsuit, knows it is all about the EA-18G Growler, which arrived around 2008 — in this century.

Please, do your homework, and let’s not confuse older airplanes from past times with the significantly louder Growlers, which only arrived recently.

People who moved here prior to 2008 were not told by anyone that much louder jets flying different patterns would be their new neighbors.

On a related matter, in a guest editorial, also on Dec. 18, Mac McDowell stated that people who have not served in the Navy, “have no clue of which they speak regarding OLF.”

To have such a dismissive attitude toward the named personal view of others with whom you disagree, Mr. McDowell, is really beneath you as an American.

Similarly, one could improperly say, “until you live near OLF, you have no clue of which you speak.”

Let’s try to respect all views and see if a satisfactory accommodation can result.

Mr. McDowell also stated he believes the Navy is more trustworthy than other government organizations.

He is entitled to his opinion.

However, when the Navy exceeded its own EA operational flight numbers in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, this could hardly be considered an accident.

Webster’s Dictionary defines lying as “marked by or containing falsehoods.”

Finally, Mr. Grove wished that the old billboard that said, “Pardon our noise, it is the sound of freedom,” was still in place.

One might say that noise which stifles discussion and causes hearing loss silences the sound of freedom.

Al Lunemann



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