Before Beaufort County's elected officials give the green light to an increased "sound of freedom" at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, it would seem fair to test reality with trial takeoffs and landings of F-35Bs for several days.
Before you buy an expensive product, you test it. Before you make significant changes to the environment, you see what effect this could have on your well-being.
Let's not forget that tourism is still important for Beaufort County, as are real-estate sales. Noise is a detriment.
The Marine Corps provided us with extensive environmental impact statements. Let us hope they allow a trial run of the F-35B to take place, then let the impact determine the outcome.
Judith Harris St. Helena Island