Letter: ‘Ground the Growlers’

Posted 4/10/19

Unlimited military spending on our “Military Industrial Complex” causes other countries to spend scarce monies to defend themselves from the “New World Order” empire. We …

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Letter: ‘Ground the Growlers’


Unlimited military spending on our “Military Industrial Complex” causes other countries to spend scarce monies to defend themselves from the “New World Order” empire. We continually cultivate enemies to justify our military spending. Millions have been killed with American weapons during my lifetime.

Training for the next war(s), where nuclear weapons are highly likely to be used is an assault on our right to live. The increased Growler fleet scheduled for this region is an assault on the hearing of the poor homeowners near Coupeville and an unwelcome “taking” of the people’s right to live in peace and quiet of the Peninsula and the San Juans.

I strongly prefer grounding the Growlers, eliminating all nuclear weapons, not building the next generation of Trident Subs, not building air-launched nuclear-capable cruise missiles, negotiating an end to wars, ending all international weapon sales, buying back the guns and turning them into sculptures, cleaning up the battlefields - especially the ones where depleted uranium munitions were used.

Of course we cannot change the fact that Congress continually funds improvements in our nuclear war making power. Of course we have to hate and fear the others, of course top dawg is better than dead dawg. Of course we need to build the next generations of weapons, refine our abilities to annihilate each other - of course.

I encourage you to throw up obedience to the death machine. Be filled with compassion for all that lives. It’s better to plant a garden, grow roses, dandle your grandchildren, walk through the quiet sacred groves, and listen for the underlying song of the universe. There are many choices available this precious moment. Obedience to the chop-logic of the exceptional nation/rogue state mentality is just a choice.

Doug Milholland
Port townsend


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Justin Hale

Humans have been killing each other from day one, and they will continue till day none. I suggest if you want to make a strong statement against the machine, don't pay your federal taxes. Just as Congress refused to fund a wall on our southern border you can choose to not fund Congress. Are you willing to do that? I didn't think so.

I support our Military, although I don't support the amount of our tax dollars that go to it. The Growlers at Whidby NAS are not going to disappear so as long as they are there we need well trained personel to fly and maintain them. You say you have a "right" of peace and quiet, I say I have a right to expect that some of my tax dollars go towards a force that will protect US against potential enimies, just as I expect my local and state taxes to pay for local and state police forces.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Nancy Van Galder

Seems to me that Mr. Hale and others may have misconceptions about the training of Growler pilots at Coupeville.

Let's keep in mind that these novice pilots are training to fly the Growlers (a bit scary in itself). They are in NO WAY equipped to protect us from any type of aggression.

Concerning noise pollution, there are many other military installations available throughout our great nation that would be a much better fit; less disruptive to humanity, as well as other forms of life. Installations in sparsely populated, remote areas such as Nevada, southern Utah, Texas, are among such choices.

Regarding tax dollars well spent, I agree we need to be protected from potential enemies; However, other options -as stated above -present far less danger to our physiological well-being.

When asked to consider these other locations, the Navy's response was merely that they preferred Coupeville...."it's more convenient" !

(it's my understanding that no other explanation or discussion was allowed).

Well, it may be "convenient", but grotesque noise pollution deliberately perpetuated by our government not only presents a great and enduring health threat, it also prevents us from enjoying.... " LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS", as our founding fathers intended.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Tom Camfield

Sorry, but in a friendly way I can't help but wonder how long some of the critics of aircraft sound have lived under this umbrella of related noise. Was the potential of today's situation there when some of you found a good price on real estate here in god's country? Reminds me a lot of P. T.''s paper mill, the community's salvation when the Great Depression struck us during my childhood. People voluntarily became down-winders on the cheap in modern years, then began beating the drum to destroy the mill because of its effluent odors— and conveniently-concocted undocumented health hazads. Sort of an egocentric justification. Narrow-minded some would judge, I among them.

But I guess one significant difference is that the noise factor has increased on Whidbey, while the nature and any effect has gradually been reduced as the years go by where our beneficent paper mill is concerned.

I guess my main consideration here is the egocentric short-sightedness of human nature. The sort of thing on a larger scale to which opporunitist such as Donald Trump appeal in this day and age.

Thursday, April 11, 2019
Justin Hale

M.Galder, Suggesting that the Growlers do their training shows a lack of understanding of what the Growlers mission/purpose is. Here is a link that explains what the Growlers do.....https://www.naval-technology.com/projects/ea-18g-growler/.....

And to say that the Growlers "They are in NO WAY equipped to protect us from any type of aggression. " is sheer ignorance.

If you think the occasional training of the Growlers over the peninsula presents a danger to our well-being then you must be against the coming 5G network that will radiate us all 24/7.

Friday, April 12, 2019
Justin Hale

I agree with you (99.9%) Tom, but LOL, Tourettes like you can't stop yourself from attacking the President whenever possible.

Friday, April 12, 2019
Tom Camfield

Hard to keep of with Trump, Justin. Every day he throws all manner of mud at the wall to see which of it will stick, pushing the envelope on his "executive privilege," verbally butchering his critics and possible 2020 ballot opponents. Common little grass-roots writers such as I are like drops of water into a bucket that can be emptied only occasionally onto a major conflagration.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019