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Re: “F-35 Opponents Want Question Put to Queen City Voters

Eileen Andreoli has it right. Those are the facts. Military jets can be replaced by quieter planes such as C-130 or C-17 cargo planes which are far quieter ttan the F-16, let along the F-35. Or even better, an Air Force decision could be made to eliminate fighter/bomber jets from BTV and replace them with cyber-security or drones. I am sure this does not exhaust the list of possible other missions for the Air Guard.

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Posted by Ray Gonda on 01/26/2018 at 7:52 AM

Re: “SoBu Council Passes Resolution Critical of Airport Home Buyouts

@Airoprt Guy. You best stick to subjects you are not entirely ignorant about. The sales are willing seller/willling buyer - not eminent domain. And airports do not have the unassailable right to expand into neighborhoods - not even by eminent domain.

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Posted by Ray Gonda on 01/25/2017 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Vermont’s F-35 Opponents Get Their Day in Court

From having been associated with numerous court cases, it has been my observation that "throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks" is common to most law cases. That is the usual process.

If everything were so black and white that such were not true, we would need neither lawyers nor judges.

As to whether or not the counts hold up in court, well, we will see soon enough.

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Posted by Ray Gonda on 07/06/2016 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Up in the Air: Gene Richards Works to Keep the Airport Competitive

Part II

2) “Gene Richards, director of aviation for the Burlington International Airport, said the airport would not participate in a commission that includes residents as representatives.”

Richards said if residents are represented on a noise mitigation commission, people with “agendas” could hijack the proceedings, and (the) …“anti-F-35” commission would be unproductive

These quotes are indicative of his reaction to the legitimate questions by numerous members of an obviously frustrated audience, from both S. Burlington and Winooski, carrying pent up frustrations from a perception of the airport not being fully receptive or responsive to noise issues. Rather than recognize the legitimate questions of a noise–impacted public, Richards later used a scapegoat tactic to deflect the anger directed at himself: He accused a city councilor, who stood up to ask a question, of spreading “irresponsible misinformation” about the new noise exposure maps. (His notion is complete nonsense and an insult to local residents)


3) In this very article: “Richards described the neighborhood group as ‘dysfunctional.’ ”
This is Richards perspective on the community of peoples surrounding the airport and subjected to the military jet noise.

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Posted by Ray Gonda on 01/31/2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Up in the Air: Gene Richards Works to Keep the Airport Competitive

This article is a promotional piece obviously precipitated by the Noise Exposure Maps, Nov. 9 meeting fiasco and the subsequent bad publicity for the airport over that event. The audience members demanded that their concerns and complaints be addressed directly. They were angry for reasons that lie with poor airport leadership with regard to neighbors' legitimate concerns over increased noise since the home demolitions occurred and foreseen noise with the arrival of the F-35s.

The article presents the positive side of Richards whereas others show his complete indifference and callousness to residents from the affected communities.

Here is the other side of Gene Richards:

1) “Richards describes himself as “100 percent receptive” to having F-35s at Burlington International. “I hear the noise the F-16 makes,” the Burlington resident adds. “I think it’s exciting. I think it’s part of being in a lively community. If you want quiet all the time, you should move to Montgomery.” (Note that he lives in Burlington not close to the airport)


( see part Ii below)

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Posted by Ray Gonda on 01/31/2016 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Sanders Speaks in New Hampshire, Weighs Bid for White House

Forget it Bernie; We will remember the F-35.

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Posted by Ray Gonda on 04/13/2014 at 4:43 PM

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