State of Vermont Archives: on Homeland Security


Bernie Sanders: F-35 fighter planes OK at Burlington Airport

MacGovern doesn't think the U.S. Air Force should base F-35 fighter planes at the Vermont Air National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport because the planes are so noisy they could disrupt lives and drive down property values.

Sanders said he was proud of the Vermont Air National Guard. "The F-35, whether one may like it or not, is the plane of choice not only for the U.S. Air Force, but for the Navy, Marines and much of NATO," Sanders said in a statement issued by his Washington office. "If the F-35 ends up not being located here, it will end up at a National Guard base in Florida or South Carolina. I would rather it be here."

Opponents say the planes, which are noisier than the F-16s they will replace, could erode the quality of life along the flight path. Sanders said the neighbors had legitimate concerns about the noise and that he and other members of the delegation would do all they could to minimize the problem, should the Air Force decide to base the planes in Vermont.

Source: Boston Globe on 2012 Vermont Senate debate Oct 18, 2012

John MacGovern: No noisy F-35 fighter planes at Burlington Airport

Republican U.S. Senate candidate John MacGovern doesn't think the U.S. Air Force should base F-35 fighter planes at the Vermont Air National Guard base at the Burlington International Airport because the planes are out of character with the area.

MacGovern said he was strong on defense and supported the role of the National Guard in Vermont and the nation, but the upcoming decision that could result in the planes being based in Vermont would be bad for the community and the military because the planes are so noisy they could disrupt lives and drive down property values.

"I believe one needs to look at this matter with the cold, sober facts, not emotion, not partisanship, what is in the best interests of this community here, but also this country," he said. "It's not in the public interest to have the F-35 at the Burlington International Airport." He said it could be bad for the military because of the restrictions placed on pilots to minimize the noise of the planes. Sanders disagreed.

Source: Boston Globe on 2012 Vermont Senate debate Oct 18, 2012

Larry Drown: Maintain strong Armed Forces

Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, www.drownforvermont.com Jun 24, 2006

Richard Tarrant: We must sacrifice some rights & privacy in times of war

Tarrant says Americans must be willing to give up some of their liberties in times of war if the country is to remain strong. Tarrant says, I think in general the Patriot Act and now the phone issue - keep in mind that this happens in just about every war we have a Congress and the President at odds about power. And I think in general, over time, we find that Americans are willing to give up some of their privacy for protection, knowing they can get that privacy back at the end of the war.

Tarrant says the security of the country has to be one of the highest priorities in a time of war. Tarrant says, I think its a matter of balance. I dont want to lose all rights but Id be willing to sacrifice some rights for security. Two aspects of the Constitution that are seemingly at odds. Its a good thing to publicly debate that. Tarrant admits that the war on terrorism is different from previous conflicts and he says it may be difficult to know exactly when the war has been won.

Source: Bob Kinzel series of interviews on Vermont Public Radio Jun 5, 2006

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