OLF: The field, built for WWII planes, does not meet Navy requirements for use with modern jets, and has dangerous crash zones overlapping with homes and businesses. Despite this, it is projected for even heavier use in the near future as even more training activity is relocated to Whidbey Island. In the last year, the new "Growlers" arrived, and the flyover rates have tripled with even higher noise levels than before. What used to mean living in the countryside with occasional jet interruption, now means living underneath a full-time high-velocity runway.
HEALTH: Studies show that proximity to these overflights permanently damages hearing, raises blood pressure, and harms livestock and wildlife. Damaging noise levels reach us even inside our homes and on playgrounds on an almost daily basis, and our children's learning capacity and health is harmed by direct noise and lack of sleep during the week.
ECONOMY: Property values in the noise zone are repressed, with many buyers refusing to consider central Whidbey at all. With nearly random flights up until 1 am during the week, tourism, outdoor work, and events are largely confined to the weekends to avoid risk of disruption - though the expressed desire to fly on Saturdays would destroy even that restricted economic window. Central Whidbey is too far from the Navy base to benefit from it economically, yet it endures the exported lion's share of its economic damage.
COMMUNITY RIGHTS: What rights do communities have today in regards to the military and government since 9-11? Are citizens required to allow their lives, environment, and livelihoods to be disrupted or even destroyed with no say in the matter?