I am a constituent disappointed with U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen’s priorities for the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. Seems as if Congressman Larsen and staff were duped into risking giving Sound Defense Alliance — an obvious reboot of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve or COER — a win with noise monitoring.
See, one of the Sound Defense Alliance affiliates placed online a slide show. One slide titled, “Why Noise Monitoring” started out with, “Congress overriding the Navy at our request is a WIN.” The slide goes on to say “future actions” could include “lawsuits” and more.
To me, as I relearned visiting the Everett Public Library microfilm archives of this fine newspaper this month, this genuinely risks fueling a misperception the community does not support NAS Whidbey Island. Puts NAS Whidbey Island at risk of closure as was the case in 1991.
Here’s a better idea: How about listening to the Washington state Board of Health recommending land use reform in Central Whidbey plus the Washington state Legislature and governor with the new law SSB 5748 providing much-needed state aid to purchase property to resolve land use incompatibility? So how about federal aid for a permanent resolution instead of more studies?
Joe A. Kunzler