This letter is in response to the Outlying Field meeting June 19 at the Recreation Hall in Coupeville.
It is interesting to note that the meeting room was at capacity and that the primary people allowed were Central Whidbey residents. This group of Central Whidbey resident’s main complaint was that the noise was unhealthy.
And what was the solution of the majority of them? To move the operations to the air base in Oak Harbor.
My wife and I live in the north end of Whidbey Island and get our fair share of Navy air traffic. We understood what we were getting into when we purchased our property in 2004. But now the solution for the central Whidbey residents is to double or triple the air traffic in North Whidbey?
It seems to me that they are only concerned with themselves and their home values than they are the health of residents of Whidbey Island. Do they not believe children also live on the north end of Whidbey Island too?
My support is for the status quo. I am dead set against having the Navy conduct all of its touch-and-go operations from the Ault Field runways.
If the elected officials and Navy cave to these few people in Central Whidbey at the expense of us at the north end, I can only say that my vote will not go to any of the decision makers who allow that to happen.
I will become as loud and squeaky as the Central Whidbey folks and start calling for closure of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
I did not purchase my home with the thought that touch-and-go traffic would increase two- or threefold.
Because of to selfish nature of these Central Whidbey residents, I think my dollars spent in the local economy in the future will be kept north of Coupeville.