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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | It’s time to fight back against OLF “bullies”

Editor,

I have been watching this small anti-OLF group of malcontents who had buyer’s remorse. I found it hard to understand how anyone living near the Navy base could not realize that jet noise was part of the deal living there. But here they are as if the jets suddenly appeared from the blue. Then slowly it became clear these people had at least several members who were clever attorneys, as well as media and perception management savvy.

Then came the lawsuit and it became clear this group is a real threat to our financial future. Why did they not realize the issue when looking at houses, or signing disclosures in escrow and now the arrogant statement that their God was somehow better than Jill Johnson’s God? His assertion that the safety of those few trumps everyone else in the eyes of God is absurd and offensive.

Enough is enough and those who actually live on Whidbey and have a financial stake here, and are just fed up with the bullies, need to act. We must form a legal counter group and file an amicus curiae — friend of the court — so there is another voice in this matter.

The Navy is only responding to the direct threats to operations, not the economic impact on Whidbey Island as a whole. We need to counter sue this gang for any economic hardship, loss of jobs, county services and loss of home values if they succeed in driving the Navy out. This will raise the stakes for their actions.

Surely there are tens of thousands and a few attorneys who think enough is enough and want to take action. I have opened an email account to serve as a starting place for you to respond. From this response I will facilitate a meeting to form our counter organization to stop this arrogant, self-righteous and dangerous group.

The email to write your thoughts and hopefully willingness to participate is stopcoer@hotmail.com Don’t wait until the Navy is gone, Oak Harbor is a ghost town, unemployment is 50 percent, real estate values plummet and county services are non-existent.

ED JENKINS

Clinton

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