Where Citizen's of Ebey's Reserve have sued the US Navy over OLF Coupeville (KNRA, America's OLF) AFTER being required since 1992 in Island County Code to sign at the point of sale noise disclosure forms noting the presence of a military jet soundtrack... we have a message for you:
a) We appreciate the superheroic service of all in the Electronic Attack Wing U.S. Pacific Fleet keeping America safe. You inspire and motivate almost all of your fellow Americans to be better Americans! So we're going to get your backs... for once.
b) We oppose the threat to sailors' safety, our nation's defense and the regional economy the closure of OLF Coupeville would represent.
c) We call upon the United States Navy to agree to an EIS with Citizen's of Ebey's Reserve in return for tolerance of OLF operations so that US Navy representatives can finally discuss with the general public and not just select audiences:
>Why America's OLF is so vital to the national defense.
>What exactly an alternative OLF would cost at say preferably Skagit Regional Airport (KBVS), or possibly Quillayute Airport (KUIL), the Yakima Firing Range, or Hanford Nuclear Reservation versus eminent domain around OLF Coupeville (KNRA).
>How we can mitigate the impacts from OLF Coupeville, whether that be a tourism campaign to recruit international aviation fans to see OLF Coupeville now that America's OLF on a schedule, text messages 15 minutes before OLF Coupeville use, better Island County Planning policies, and/or eminent domain.
d) We have news for Ken Pickard, President of the Citizens of the Ebey's Reserve: You have said "close the base" and "the NAS base keeps the Island dysfunctional". We say instead: "Keep NAS Whidbey Island and OLF Coupeville open until world peace, which we all hope is soon."
e) This better be EA-18G Growling loud to Electronic Attack Wing, US Pacific Fleet: Any remaining silence from your real friends ends. A reach for a temporary restraining order against training at OLF Coupeville for the freedom of all 3,143 counties is beyond the pale and deserves a most blunt response in gratitude for your superheroic service.
KEEP 'EM GROWLING AND PROWLING... BUT YOU COME HOME TO US! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Please keep training or sailors. We are proud to have the US Navy on Whidbey Island.
David Ruddell, United States2 months ago
Bruce Klassen, United States2 months ago
Dennis Egan, United States3 months ago
- Petition delivered to the US Navy on 4 December 2013 to the comment box. US Navy officials assure me this will not be nullified.