We're getting gunned up, whipped up and girded for battle against the F-35B fighter jets. They'll hurt tourism, decrease property values, negatively impact wildlife, ruin the economy and might give us all cancer.
Could we maybe just give them a chance? It's possible it won't be so bad.
My husband and I bought a home behind the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. When my son returned from one of his several deployments in the Middle East, I worried he'd be disturbed by the jets flying over our island. The first day he was home, we were sitting in the yard and the jets flew over. I asked him if he'd like to go inside and he said, "Mom, that's the greatest sound in the entire world!"
Time after time, his team would be under fire from four sides. Air support would be called in and the enemy would be driven away, leaving my son and his team to fight another day.
We can turn up the volume on our TV, go to bed with ear plugs, and live with the jets flying overhead for a few hours a week, because the sound of freedom isn't noise; it's rescue.
Linda Murphy Myrick