Today I was asked a series of excellent questions from my political Right side of the aisle from IslandPolitics.org about why I support buying out properties in the immediate vicinity of OLF Coupeville which is an extension of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI). It's not like I care much for people who move next to an outlying landing field who then grouse about living next to aviation glory...
No actually... well let me put the question from IslandPolitics.org's Cliff then respond:
Why would we want to spend any amount of taxpayer dollars for exclusion zones around an area where the noise associated with existing navy activities has been well documented and disclosed to all property purchasers?
Considering that the current Island County Commission has a member who has admitted to this bloghead that Island County Government needs to improve disclosure, there hasn't been good enough disclosure. I am all for "buyer beware" and buyer do your homework but in the Obama Era where if you sign a mortgage document and default only to run to court and scream VICTIM to get rewards from Uncle Barry and Aunt San Fran Nan no matter the circumstances... perhaps we need to take some proactive steps to prevent litigation. After all, the tone of jet noise has changed and is changing from a high non-afterburning turbojet whine to a low afterburning turbofan growl that pierces insulation. After all, some of these people like Paula Spina bought their property sight unseen. I am all for giving these suffering souls an option to leave... and perhaps expose their agenda. Congressman Larsen has made clear - the OLF comes before the reserve but preferably keep both.
On that note, let's get to part two:
Republicans need to be good Republicans (and conservatives) when spending taxpayer dollars and ensure that these taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely. These dollars all come from the same place and that is us.
Great points. It's one reason why I left the Democrats - they are the kind who want to waste taxdollars. But one part of being a good conservative is support of property rights and limiting government taking of private property. As in the right to enjoy your property without some trespasser ruining your BBQ or a regular EA-18G parade ruining your mancave night at the movies. After all, when the government takes property for the public good it's a taking - pure and simple and we conservatives fundamentally believe in limited government. Perhaps our forefathers and previous generations of leaders should have acted before encroachment got out of hand before BRAC does. I'm researching in 1/2013 among other things what led to this mess.
Now on to part three:
Spending taxpayer dollars for issues that are easily resolved by the owners of these properties is not the answer. Encouraging people to use open market principles and sell their land to those that do not object to the occassional noise and move elsewhere is really the only answer. Everyone wins, the property owner can move to a less noisey place and the taxpayers (us) do not foot the bill for peoples mistakes in life…
If there were people willing to buy that would be one thing. After all, what does one say to Garrett Newkirk (if somehow his bizarre statements about the US Navy could be excused) who inherited the property and sometimes wants to sell? There is a real fear people say that EA-18G Growler noise with the deep bass will make it impossible to sell at a marketable price and a voluntary buyout option should gather steam instead of this agitation targeting the troops. At the least, it will be interesting to see how many persons w/ concern about the jet noise and the Outlying Landing Field support this idea instead of closing NAS Whidbey Island either piecemeal or in toto.
I also, for what it's worth, like the idea of sticking an electronic warfare range w/ a mobile emitter in the area. Sure would cut down on fuel costs, provide quality training and perhaps Coupeville could become a town w/ defense contractors moving in while the arts community moved to progressive Bellingham which has an international airport currently chasing out Heritage Flight Museum or La Conner which doesn't have an airport but a vibrant arts community and several quality (quiet) museums.
Strategically speaking: I want to see where everybody stands. I am all for an amicable series of solutions that keeps NASWI here, keeps the Growlers flying, respects property rights and restores a positive tone to Island County politics. If that series of solutions is made impossible, then I want to expose the bad guys for having an anti-NASWI agenda and making life uncomfortable for them so they LEAVE NASWI ALONE!