Letters to the Editor

Military provides your freedom of speech

Ms. Lentz (Letters, Feb. 11) demands the U.S. Navy move out. I had to respond. When the base was built, the only homes around were farms. In 1974, there were only 3 fast food joints, Kow Korner, KFC, and Fosters Freeze. You could not buy gas or groceries after 10 p.m. Surely you don’t believe that the Whidbey Island industrial base or the mom & pop businesses caused the environment we have today.

If the Navy was not here, your property taxes would be out of sight. Only the super rich would be able to afford to own a home here. The cash flow from the Navy and the vast amount of retired veterans provides substantial income to the community. Thus providing a great environment for families. The service type jobs on the island would not support the community requirements. You remind me of the lady that moved from California. She bought a house next to the dairy. Then complained about the smell. The ranch was here first.

I do agree that we should give back all the land and revert to times prior to the Navy. We should give it back to the British. They owned Washington and Oregon before the USA did. Or, maybe the Native Americans might want to go back even further. At what age in history should we go back to? Did you know that if it was not for the Navy and Marine Corp, you would be speaking Japanese? The bulk of the Army was in Europe. The Navy stopped the eventual invasion before it happened. The Japanese did invade the USA in the Aleutians. Read the “Thousand Mile War.”

By the way, besides being the scientific definition of matter (takes up space and has weight), what have you sacrificed for your country? You’re free to speak only because of those heroes that served and those that continue to serve. I suggest you move to Berkeley where your selfish, unpatriotic attitude would be applauded. I love the sound of freedom.

Bill Hall

Oak Harbor

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