Journal of the San Juan Islands


Don't overlook new ally in battle against jet noise | Letters

June 3, 2014 · 1:40 PM

As is often the case, the people who speak loudest about an issue aren’t the ones who live with it or experience it.

Currently the Fiscal Year 2015 President’s Budget Request does not include funding for continued production of EA-18G Growlers, an aircraft manufactured by Boeing.

Over 25,000 electronic letters have been sent to Congress to ask for additional production of the Growler to the fiscal year 2015 budget from a link on Boeing’s website, fa-18.com/contact-congress/?gclid=CPTn5MiFor4CFQqIfgodQHAAnA.

San Juan County’s population is only 15,800. Since we are the ones that live with the noise, not the 25,000 folks from Boeing’s website, it is incumbent upon us to point this out.

When the Growlers flew over young children playing T-ball at a park on Whidbey Island, the game was cancelled because the children fell to the ground holding their ears.

I concur with the 5-year-old who was there holding his ears and said, “Mommy, my ears are breaking.”

I too have had to plug my ears at 9:40 at night on Lopez because the noise was excruciating.

Remember to record Growler noise disturbances to the county website: http://sjcgis.org/aircraft-noise-reporting/.

Do not underestimate the value of your comments.

Rhea Miller/Lopez Island


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