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Vision for Coupeville is not one shared by all| Letters
“Growler Joe” Kunzler, who calls himself “the greatest thing to happen to the pro-OLF cause – ever,” says keeping Outlying Field Coupeville open and bringing in even more Growlers will not destroy the Coupeville community.
“Coupeville is not going to be destroyed,” he told me in a Dec. 14 Whidbey News-Times comment, “Just changed. Two very different things. It’ll be a Navy and county government town within a few years.”
In a Sept. 8 comment to Truman Lowry, he wrote: “My support of an EIS is in part to wear them down for three to five years so buying them out becomes the star option.” And if the noise and pollution don’t wear them down, there’s always eminent domain to get rid of them.
“The Navy will issue a Draft EIS in mid-2015,” Joe wrote. “By then, many civilians will beat feet and the cost of a new OLF will be more than eminent domain. The final EIS isn’t due BTW until mid-2016. Checks cut. Civilians evacuated or forced to cope.”
From his home in Sedro-Woolley, Growler Joe has designed Coupeville’s future. No more unpatriotic, Navy-hating, anti-American, whining civilians. Just more and more squadrons of Growlers flying, day and night, over the Island County Courthouse, Whidbey Naval Hospital and the empty shops on Front Street.