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COER claims debunked, true motives revealed | Letter


I write this on Memorial Day.

What are the true motives of the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve? They say noise, health and safety … OK, we will come back to this.

They “claim” they are not anti-military, yet desire for the military to just go away.

They fly the American flag upside-down outside the Outlying Field, slapping the face of every active duty and veteran service member.

Their latest tactic, one they have been using on the sly, is stamping currency with slogans. Some asking the military to go away “To China Lake,” and now one that compares “Military $ervice I$ Welfare In Uniform,” the use of the dollar signs being intentional.

This is a direct slam on the brave service members everywhere.

Some of our local businesses have started to speak out on their own Facebook pages on this. A cursory glance at the Whidbey News-Times comment pages tells us who is most likely responsible for this, in fact, has been spouting these very slogans.

Perhaps the COER president should have realized this before snuggling up for photo ops?

Not once has any member of  COER condemned these slams, ergo, they must condone them. This shows how far their claim of “pro-military” goes.

Now, back to their other claims. Health and safety. A much debated topic. Seems all their claims have fallen well short of the “smell-test.” All COER claims have been well debunked as sophistry or non-applicable.

The claims of harm to children is outright “unconscionable,” as the very children they claim are being harmed are not only excelling in their studies, but are speaking out against these claims themselves.

Perhaps this is why the COER has no medical professionals and possesses lawyers instead?

Seems we are left with noise.

As many of whom now complaining have signed noise disclosures, or bought their properties sight unseen, this just looks like buyer’s remorse.

Some who were here before the disclosures have complained about the noise for decades, disproving any claim that this is about the Growlers.

All in all, their sophistry is dismissed, their claims are debunked, their true desires are exposed. Self-serving comfort at the expense of all others.

Now, we can expect another condescending letter from the COER president, but that, too, should be dismissed for what it is.

COER is exposed for what it is. Its members are not the “champions of the people” they seem to portray themselves as, but selfish, spoiled NIMBYs whose arguments have failed.

Tim Cook

Oak Harbor


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