Letter: Sen. Bailey is willing to sacrifice citizens’ health


I am disturbed, and not terribly surprised, that Barbara Bailey’s screed on your recent editorial page used all the “red meat” tropes she could think of to disparage Atty. Gen. Bob Ferguson.

His intended lawsuit is against current Navy overreach. And it’s not just about a bird as Bailey trivializes it. She wants to force it into the Republicans/Democrats and Navy-hater vs. Navy-lover dichotomies — just like her connections with ALEC, the Military Alliance, the Koch brothers and her national party would dictate.

So let’s get clear: This lawsuit is about a military department that rejected strong science and health data from citizens and professionals in thousands of submitted pages of careful comments on the Draft EIS.

Then the Navy fabricated a pro forma final Environmental Impact Statement and promptly dictated a huge expansion based on finessed sound statistics and rigged environmental criteria. This is what Bailey is cheerleading and Ferguson is blowing the whistle on.

I am troubled and angered by her blithe willingness to sacrifice local health, property values and tourism income while covering over the Navy’s law-hacking with a righteous flag wave.

Also her rosy picture of Navy equals Golden Goose lacks economic understanding. The Whidbey economy is far more nuanced. A professional economic study done three years ago notes that the Navy is a big player with some cash flow but externalizes a lot of its liabilities onto the island taxpayers.

Its narrowly off-island-focused, non-taxable activities don’t multiply island wealth like the civilian, tax-paying occupations do. It heavily drags downward on our housing, property tax structure, social services, property values and tourism.

So the true sound of freedom many would like to hear is the Navy saying: “I hear you. Let’s work together to minimize the problems we create by our huge presence.”

Mark Wahl


More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: What is it going to take to get traffic signal installed?

Editor, “Three airlifted in head-on collision Saturday” is the headline that inspires… Continue reading

Letter: Maybe base needs to be renamed to clarify things

Editor, NAS Oak Harbor? The Navy traditionally names its naval air bases… Continue reading

Letter: Please, remember to fill dog watering stations

Editor, Dear Langley merchants, I’m passing along a plea from my husband… Continue reading

Letter: Are orca trying to let onlookers know plight?

Editor, Soon after I moved to Whidbey Island in 1985 from the… Continue reading

Letter: Puget Sound Regional Council doesn’t set tariffs

Editor, This is just a note to clarify that the Puget Sound… Continue reading

Letter: Fair a good opportunity to learn about fire district

Editor, The South Whidbey Fire/EMS Fire Fair on July 27 provided me… Continue reading

Letter: Langley must do more to become disabled friendly

Editor, I want to add my voice to those requesting more consideration… Continue reading

Letter: Will state ferries become service only for wealthy?

Editor, It’s easy for us average people to despair over the enormous… Continue reading

Letter: WhidbeyHealth, Careage provide exceptional care

Editor, I have had surgery at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center and my wife… Continue reading

Most Read