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Re: “Burlington Residents Will Vote on F-35 Question As Written

How is it misleading to say people support the Guard but do not support this harmful mission? That is their opinion. Why do you call that a lie? It is the exact sentiment that nearly 3,000 people signed their names to. Are you saying they are lying because they want to support the Guard but not at a price that causes damage to the homes, health and property values of thousands of everyday Vermonters? All the people who signed this petition understood exactly what they were saying: Yes to the Guard, No to the F35s. It's very simple and clear and people will vote YES if they agree to it.

Perhaps now its finally time for the Guard to find a mission that suits the community in which they are based, not continue to cause the destruction of hundreds and soon thousands of our homes in our residential communities!

Stop trying to force this destruction of our livable communities with this weapon systems over-reach when there are reasonable alternatives. The United States Air Force testified that there are alternate flying missions available to VTANG in federal court documents -- why is the Guard calling the AF liars?

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Posted by TruthBeKnown on 01/30/2018 at 3:11 PM

Re: “At Public Meeting, Federal Officials Seek to Calm BTV Airport Uproar

But after just describing the afterburner issues, I want to be clear that the argument is not whether there should be afterburners or not. It is the question of the F35 being here at all. The answer is it should not be. Dont stop fighting this; it does not fit here.

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Posted by TruthBeKnown on 02/17/2017 at 9:03 PM

Re: “At Public Meeting, Federal Officials Seek to Calm BTV Airport Uproar

Regarding F35 afterburner use, at the FAA meeting last night we heard a completely different story than the one we were told by the Air Guard when they were actively campaigning for the basing In 2012, which was this:
An F35s is SO powerful it would NOT need any afterburners on take off.

Then last night, the Air Guard finally admitted in public that there will be at minimum of 5% afterburner use under some particular circumstances" to ensure safe takeoffs. One such circumstance, it was casually mentioned, will be when the F35s will be equipped with EXTERNAL FUEL TANKS for extended flight missions.

WHAT!?! External Fuel Tanks? Thats EXACTLY what happened in 2008 when the current F16s were equipped with external fuels tanks for extended training missions. The F16s have been flown in 95% afterburners ever since, directly causing the buyout and demolition of 200 family homes in So. Burlington due to the resulting intense noise impact.

Since the F35s have ridiculously small flight ranges (another defect of this aircraft) its likely the same thing will happen again the continuous use of external fuel tanks and higher percentage of afterburner use.

Worse yet for those who will be trapped on the ground, the USAF F35 noise map that depicts the future impact on So. Burlington, Williston and Winooski neighborhoods does NOT include any afterburner data! So, its already inaccurate in the breadth of its impact.

How much further will these unsuitable for residential use zones extend with 5% or higher afterburner? How many more hundreds or thousands of our neighbors homes will be lost to this insane F35 basing decision?

Is this REALLY what we, the people, want for Vermont? Hell, no! Keep speaking out and working to turn back this terrible and inappropriate fate for our wonderful communities!

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Posted by TruthBeKnown on 02/17/2017 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Financially Struggling Winooski YMCA to Close in June

It was an insult to Winooski when Pam Mackenzie took her place in the YMCA organization, having been installed there by her good friend Ernie Pomerleau. The two had worked very closely on promoting the F35 basing without regard for the Winooski and area homeowners and residents who will be living in conditions made "unsuitable for residential use" by the inappropriate decision. It was incredibly hypocritical that MacKenzie should oversee programs for Winooski children when in her former role as So. Burlington City Council chairperson, she REFUSED to attend a meeting about the projected adverse health effects of children from the F35s (4x as loud as the current F16s). Thanks in part to McKenzie's political maneuverings, the City of Winooski's is now facing the loss of millions of dollars of property value from the F35 basing, which will impact the future of thousands of homeowners and the cognitive learning development of hundreds of children living near the airport. Winooski will be better off without the presence of the Y's leadership that holds so little regard for our community.
PS Winooski also won't have to witness any longer the hypocrisy of the Pomerleau family who position themselves as such caring philanthropists for the area's children's, but show that when it comes to Winooski's children, they consider them collateral damage in their quest to bring the F35s to Vermont. Shameful!

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Posted by TruthBeKnown on 02/09/2017 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Airport Director: SoBu Council Resolution Won’t Stop Buyouts

"We just feel so bad that they are being put through this, " Richards said. "

But not so badly that he would oppose the F35s that will enable THOUSANDS more Vermont homes to become eligible for FAA buyouts and home demolitions?

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Posted by TruthBeKnown on 01/24/2017 at 11:32 PM

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

PAM MACKENZIE - You are correct about ONE thing - it IS LESS TOXIC in other areas because other neighborhoods don't suffer from the harmful, unhealthy noise impact of the military aircraft. Those most impacted in South Burlington are screaming to get OUT! No one wants to take away So. Burlington resident's property rights, but they DO want a better guarantee of their rights to a quality of life that enabled the Chamberlin neighborhoods to become the great community this it is. ALL that is in jeopardy because of people like YOU that support planes over people, who dismiss significant environmental and socioeconomic damage to Vermonters, and who promote the over-militarization of our region, NOT because of the present council members who are trying to save those people and livability of their communities!
PS someone like you really doesn't deserve to have a pink pussy hat as your icon!

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Posted by TruthBeKnown on 01/24/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “Zuckerman Apologizes for 2013 Remark About Vermont Air Guard

After the lies, fabrications and deceptions that the VTANG leadership spread regarding the F35 basing in Burlington were revealed in the recent federal court case, the time is long past when we should blithely accept the Guard's version of the truth. (The most egregious was that the Air Guard would lose its mission if the F35s were not based here, which was totally refuted by the USAF.)

Yet that is just what Paul Heinz did in this story. ALL of the sources he used to say that the Guard were the first responders on 9-11 were provided by the Guard themselves.

Here's the truth, according to the Office of Air Force Historical Studies, in an article that described the military response to 9-11 on a minute by minute basis. The VTANG is not even mentioned as a first responder that morning. Multiple other Guard units responded long before VTANG did. Massachusetts ANG 102d Fighter Wing, North Dakota 119th Fighter Wing and DC ANG 113th Wing were there first, NOT VTANG, and it's insulting and a dishonor to those units that VTANG tries to make this false claim!…

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Posted by TruthBeKnown on 10/26/2016 at 2:37 PM

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