Letters to the Editor

Planes need to stay in patterns

I want to offer my thanks to the Navy. Thank you for repairing your runways, or whatever happened at the base. The planes went elsewhere (one man’s pleasure is another man’s unhappiness, so they say).

I’m speaking about living in the Dugualla Bay area. This summer has been, without a doubt, the most enjoyable place on earth for us. It must be how it was before the base was built ­— quiet, lovely and peaceful.

I can hear some of you now:

1. You knew it was a noise area when you built there so don’t complain.

2. Love it (the planes) or leave it (the area).

3. It’s the sound of freedom!

4. The pilots need to practice to be competent in war, etc.

Be aware that, according to another letter writer, the noise levels of these planes can damage hearing. Coupeville demanded, and got, concessions from the Navy to change flight paths. Other communities can get together to do the same.

No matter how much ex-pilots love to see the planes, the planes need to stay on their flight patterns and not over our houses. The duty officer needs to get phone calls when they stray. Call 257-2681.

Thanks again to NASWI for this break, and I wish the men safe flying when they return to Dugualla.

Marilyn Dobbins

Oak Harbor

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