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I am confused.

The group Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve sues the Navy because the jet noise is unbearable and claims an EIS was flawed.

The president of COER gets angry when a real estate agent discloses he had, in fact, initialed noise disclosure informantion during his property transaction.

Another party claims the noise disclosure is inadequate.

What does the Navy have to do with any of this?

The Navy has operated a naval air station in the area for more than 50 years and has made no effort to keep it a secret.

Real estate agencies have been providing notice of potential noise for a good deal of the time the Navy has been here, and, with that, I say let the buyer beware.

I am not advocating that anyone sue anyone else, but if the members of COER feel they need to lash out at someone because of the noise, lash out at those who failed to disclose when you made your purchase, if that, is in fact, the case.

Suing the Navy is counterproductive since they are only doing what they have been doing for the past 50 years.

A lawsuit in this area only serves to cost every taxpayer, and that expense could be even greater if the Navy is eventually forced to go elsewhere for training.

Maybe Island County should look at condemning property in high complaint areas, destroy the dwellings and allowing the property to return to its native state. Maybe that will make everyone happy.

Robert E. Clark

Oak Harbor


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