I’m writing in regard to the story on the controversy about Navy jet noise on Whidbey Island [“Roaring controversy,” page one, Dec. 23].
Despite occasional lip service, the Navy generally pays no mind to the concerns of local residents who are affected by the much louder — and increasingly frequent — roar of the EA-18 Growlers practicing touch-and-go landings at the Outlying Landing Field southeast of Coupeville. The Navy misrepresented to the community the volume and impact of the noise of the Growlers before the jets arrived, so it should come as no surprise that neighbors now feel angry and frustrated.
In my view, it’s not simply late-night jet noise that angers many Whidbey Island residents. Rather, it’s that haughty, could-care-less attitude that rubs people the wrong way. With its continued insistence that Growler noise is not a problem, the Navy continues to act like a lousy bully of a neighbor. As long as this attitude persists, the Navy is doing a disservice to the many members of the military who contribute in a positive way to the Whidbey Island community, and who remember the freedoms they serve our nation to protect.
Kasia Pierzga, Olympia
December 28, 2013 at 7:31 AM