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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Knock off gripes or get out of Dodge
I have, for several months, read articles from a broad spectrum of people concerning naval operations at the Outlying Field — OLF — near Coupeville. I am angered by COER’s position and now, apparently, the Sierra Club and Port Townsend have jumped on the “bandwagon.”
Based upon the history of the naval presence on this island I feel safe saying they were here long before the great majority of the population we have today and especially those who purchased land and/or homes near the base or the airfield. My wife and I are new to the island and we literally searched its entire length to find our little piece of paradise. We made it our mission to research and find out information before making the decision to buy our current home. We were aware of the presence of the OLF and not just because our realtor informed us about it. We do not depend on vague disclosures and/or laws to protect our interests.
Many people are writing in about this issue and they are backing the U.S. Navy as all Americans should. The most recent volume of the South Whidbey Record contains a very positive article about the Department of Defense funding naval operations on Whidbey Island. Bravo! Our suggestion to COER and these other groups is consistent: move on, literally, move on.
My suggestion to COER, who I believe falsely hides behind their love of Ebey’s Reserve — I do not discount the need to preserve these areas — and anyone else who persists with this misplaced cause, is to drop your disrespectful lawsuit against the Navy and “get out of Dodge.” If you can not take personal responsibility for your actions and live with your decision to reside near the OLF, sell out and leave. Like so many patriotic American citizens have said for years, “Love it or leave it.”