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August 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Blue Angels: A show of might or waste?

Air show too expensive to leave the ground

As much as I enjoy watching the Blue Angels perform, I believe they should be disbanded.

Why? They cost the U.S. many millions of dollars a year in wages for pilots and mechanics, airplane maintenance and fuel. Also they pollute the air, and about 18 Blue Angel pilots have died over the years.

— Vincent Jolivet, Kenmore

Blue Angels a symbol of soldiers protecting us

The Blue Angels just flew over my house in Bellevue, en route to their next show. What a thrill!

We recently came back from North Carolina where we were visiting my son who is serving in the U.S. Navy as a Corpsman attached to the Marines. He has served in Afghanistan and may soon be deployed to Iraq.

The sign at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina reads, “Pardon our noise, it’s the sound of freedom,” no doubt referring to the sound of the jets.

Now, when I see the Blue Angels flying overhead, I hear them as the sound of security, keeping our country and my son safe while he is defending us.

God bless America, and God bless our troops.

— Kenneth R. Esemann, Bellevue

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