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John MacGovern on Homeland Security

 


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

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