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Keep NAS open, but without Growlers? | Letter

Editor,

I am writing in response to a letter printed in the June 28 Whidbey News-Times.

The letter, submitted by Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve Director Paula Spina, is confusing and misleading.

Spina claims that COER is “neither seeking nor advocating the closing of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station,” yet she also claims that one of COER’s missions is “the relocation of all Growler training out of the north Puget Sound Area.”

Such a relocation of so many aircraft would surely close the NAS Whidbey.

So, keep the base open, but take actions that would close it?

You can’t have it both ways.

Then we come to Spina’s defense of COER President Michael Monson, whose actions have become so extreme and aggressive that a restraining order was filed to keep him away from a local Realtor.

This would be the Monson who barges into a congressman’s meeting, demands an agenda change, calls a Realtor a snake, grabs the Realtor’s hand and refuses to let it go.

That Spina defends Monson is puzzling enough, but her arguments become even more confusing when she says, “Neither Monson nor the COER ever threatened anyone with violence. We are not the ones advocating rape and arson as political tools.”

Rape and arson? Someone in the OLF controversy advocates their use? Who?

We had better find out soon.

John Close

Oak Harbor

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