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"The F-35's will fly out of the Burlington International Airport, nearly 5,500 times a year..." I think it is a sad, sad day for the people of Winooski, South Burlington, Burlington and Williston who will be affected by the F-35's loud, deafening noise, low dangerous flying maneuvers, environmental and health impacts and potential crashes. I am sure these neighborhoods will thank our representatives Leahy, Sanders, Welch, etc. who were instrumental in supporting and bringing these military planes to Burlington and now Judge Crawford WHO DO NOT LIVE IN THESE AREAS and therefore, will not experience these negative results. Again, a sad, sad day for the families and people whose voices and concerns were not heard or considered...
Why are the Winooski reps so intent on taking every tiny bit of open land and cramming in multi-storied apartment complexes, and now a hotel and performance center? And this is all in a concentrated small area surrounding the Champlain Mill. Not to forget, that this congested area is also in the flight path, where the airplanes begin their descent or ascending on take off and fly incredibly close to the buildings in that area. You are forced to hear the ear splitting after burners of the F-16's as they do their low flying maneuvers and now the huge F-35's will be "gracing" the Winooski skies with their bomb and gas ladened planes, increasing the noise level, pollution and potential crash risk. I do echo the many concerns about parking. Of course, Dubroff is pushing hard for his hotel approval which will be right by the bridge and he understates the parking issue but it is a HUGE problem and adding more high storied buildings and more businesses, complicates an already "busting at the seams" parking problem. Thank you to Mr, Tarrant for being the voice of reason (maybe you should run for city manager?) in pointing out the obvious. Is the development purely greed, poor planning by our reps or what? I wonder what future building plans they have for the tiny park by the roundabout? As a resident of Winooski, I am disappointed.....
What is it about Winooski and its development? It seems like every little space around that area is cause for high rises, businesses, MORE restaurants and more congestion. And I echo the concern of parking and the rotary, which are total nightmares. Winooski can't even handle the parking of the existing businesses and housing in that clustered area as it is. Not to mention, Winooski is right in the flight path of the F-16's and the huge F-35's are coming, with all that noise, increased low flying maneuvers and potential crashes. Big plans for a very small area. Does the community really want this? Or will this be another scenario where the residents of a town voice their concerns, are not considered, and it is done anyways?
Kudos to the reps who voted against pot's legalization and not being bullied (Gov. Shumlin) in approving a quickly thrown together bill JUST to increase VT's revenue. There are other ways to increase our revenue and attract businesses to stay in Vermont. Before all the pro-marijuana smokers start crucifying me with their dislikes, please let me make a few points. Do I think pot has medicinal values? Yes and that access should be easier to obtain for those who really need it. Do I think that a small amount used for responsible adult recreation be decriminalized? I think so. One commentator referred to Colorado and it's revenues. I have friends who live there and complain about the number of dispensaries that seem to be on every corner now. Colorado was also quick to approve a bill for revenue. Years later, Colorado is still grappling with revenue distribution, the promises they made and a huge surplus of pot and what to do with it. I am not a stranger to smoking weed. In the past I have experienced the euphoric feeling but I have also witnessed the bad side of smoking pot. The robbing of ambition and it leading to harder drugs when that buzz wasn't enough. There is a reason why our police force and drug counsellors, who are on the front line, do not support legalization as we are already facing a serious drug problem. I also worry about our younger generation. It IS a mind altering drug and science proves that the earlier it is used, the more it stunts the brain's growth, and they are our future generation. Let's take the time for more research and table this bill so we can make a well-educated decision that benefits all....
Once again, the writers of Seven Days have managed to put together an informative piece in "humanizing" a convicted sex offender, who has done his time and is back in society. I must admit, I am on the fence on this one. Having worked with many children who were abused, they are the innocent victims, so please don't forget that. As a result, these children must face many obstacles in coming to terms with it all, some are able to, some never do (hence, Szad) I guess my concern would be when Szad admitted to still having "urges", something that is currently being controlled by constant working, therapy, some meds, and supervision. The severity of his crime was that he stalked his victim, took his time for the "right moment" , handcuffed him and violated this innocent 13 year boy, who was on the cusp of becoming a young man. What sends up red flags for me, is that Szad repeatedly tells this scenario to many, in explicit detail, with almost a detached attitude and relives that moment of 16 years ago with all its effect, with each retelling. For everyone's sake, I hope Szad is strong enough and committed enough to being a productive, decent and law abiding member of society and stays on his meds, seeks counselling (he needs to drop that current "therapist") and seek support when the work "busyness" ends or if he moves to another state so he does not reoffend...
Ironic, isn't it? First they had to go to Canada as there weren't any qualified, educated people in Vermont for this position and felt that Obeng was the "best" choice, even with visa problems and not an U.S. citizenship. Second, the Superintendent for BURLINGTON schools, does not live in the wonderful city of Burlington, NOR send his two sons to BURLINGTON schools but SOUTH BURLINGTON nor will he vote for any Burlington officials for a few years as he resides in South Burlington. What kind of a message is that sending?
Shame on you for NOT listening to the thousands of family's that live in the neighborhoods THAT DO NOT WANT the F-35's flying over them. Shame on you for subjecting them to piercing abnormal noise levels and causing environmental ruin with planes that are still faulty and will fly low patterns on the flight path that come so close to our houses and apartment complexes that they rumble and shake buildings during the day and night, frightening us with their potential crashes. Shame on you for having BTV and its surrounding areas be the testing ground as their mechanics and pilots go through a "learning curve" on the operation of these dangerous machines. Shame on you for the military NOT responding or being accountable, instead they drag out law suits from citizens and fail to explain exactly HOW BTV was the very FIRST PICK for these military machines from countless OTHER sites that were better suited for their flying. Shame on you for using our tax monies (35 Million for EACH military plane) and still not being able to develop a properly working machine with error free landing and flying gears. Shame on you to think that saving 1,000 VTANG jobs is far more important than the working families, schools, churches and businesses these huge military jets are endangering. Shame on the VTANG and BTV airport for NOT respecting and working with their neighborhoods and considering an alternative flight pattern for this bomb carrying war planes that would NOT fly over heavy populated areas. Shame on Leahy, Sanders, Shumlin, etc. for not having our best interest at hear, turning a deaf ear, and thinking that this military presence was the ONLY way to boost our Vermont economy. Shame on the people for NOT speaking out and challenging this potentially dangerous decision...
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