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Re: “F-35 Burlington Ballot Question Spurs Debate, Influx of Ad Spending

Seven Days please note: your article states that Pomerleau "reiterated the Air Force's claim that the F-35 is the Vermont Air National Guard's "only mission".

This is uncategorically false (or "bullshit" as Pomerleau is fond of sayiing). It is NOT the Air Force's claim that the F35 is the "only mission" for our Guard. That "only mission" falsehood comes from the F35 supporters, not the Air Force, which is the actual entity that provides VTANG with its missions. It's unfortunate that the writer of this article did not refute this oft repeated claims of the F35 supporters.

For factual reporting, here is what the Air Force officially stated in its EIS, and later re-confirmed in federal court:

"If there is no F-35a operational beddown at Burlington AGS, the current mission would continue."
(Revised DEIS Appendix E #PA-16, page PA-47 )

The AF also stated in federal court that, " there could have been any number of reasonable alternatives available to the Air Force on how to configure Burlington.
(Federal court records (Case No 5:14-cv-132, Defendants Memo in Opposition to Plaintiffs Motion), March 7, 2016, page 59-60)

Pomerleau does not speak for the AF, and neither does VTANG leadership. Please keep this in mind as the barrage of television and print ads start to fill your eyes and ears in this last week before the Burlington vote.

Please VOTE YES! on Ballot Item #6 to save our skies from the F35s!

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Posted by TruthBeKnown on 02/28/2018 at 11:55 AM

Re: “At Endorsement Event, Weinberger Supporters Rebut Rival Driscoll

Mittens, perhaps you won't give Miro so much credit for "repairing" the financial stability of the city when it was he and his cronies on the Burlington Airport Commission who stole money from Burlington Telecom to finance the illegal second floor of the BTV Airport parking garage. Millions of dollars were mis-allocated and with the resulting scandal and fines, the city's bond rating was trashed, worse than Detroit, Michigan. So maybe give him minimal credit for negotating some of the debt, but don't forget that Miro was the one who created the fiscal mess with his illegal actions. His time on the Commission also coincided with the beginning of VT Air Guard operations that changed the use of afterburners from 20% to 95% of the time, necessitating the purchase of 200 SoBu residential homes. This is just what he and his friend Ernie Pomerleau (Sen. Leahy's cousin-in-law) orchestrated so that the Airport could get FREE land at SoBu's expense to start building commercial developments around the airport entrance. This deception and deceit continued as Vermont was "selected" for the F35 basing, despite scoring much less that other sites. Miro's hands have been filthy since day one of his mayorship and he continues to support the dangerous F35 basing that will negatively impact thousands of Vermonters, and harm young children and the elderly the most. Shame on you, Miro.

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Posted by TruthBeKnown on 02/19/2018 at 6:40 PM

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

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