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Too much to bear for critical mission? | Letters

The Seahawk fans are proud of their reputation as being the loudest stadium in the NFL. The noise level sometimes exceeds that of a jet taking off.

Football is entertaining and is a sport. The training required for maintaining mission readiness for the F/A-18 Growlers is not; it is essential.

We live on the south end of Lopez in the same area as that of the author concerned about the noise. As navy veterans, perhaps our ears are more sympathetic to the noise of these EW/ECW aircraft. We understand the critical role they play in the mission of the carrier battle groups air wing.

With the Obama administration’s strategic pivot to the Pacific, more flying from NAS Whidbey would be expected. The accusation that Whidbey aircraft were seen dumping fuel west of the naval station begs for authentication. It is easy to allege such happenings.

However, the who, what, when, where and why specifics need to be cited. Events such as those claimed are bound by strict policy and rules. If reported, a thorough investigation can establish ground rules and appropriate accountability for those responsible.

Finally, the caveat “Buyers Beware” is quite appropriate in any real estate transaction.

We have lived in our home for 20 years. The F/A-18’s predecessor, the A-6 Prowlers, were flying when we purchased our land. They were just recently replaced by Growlers.

James/Sarah Brady, Lopez Island


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