Front-page Seven Days story gives voice to 22 people living or working in F-35 flight path
Responses from top Vermont officials are far worse than lame.
The 22 Vermonters quoted in the front-page article that appeared this morning in Seven Days, “Sound Effects: In the F-35’s Flight Path, Vermonters’ Lives Have Changed,” include parents, an army veteran, new Americans, and business owners.
The 22 reveal how mass suffering is being produced by hundreds of 115 decibel F-35 training flights a month amidst densely populated cities. The runway is amidst more than 1000 afordable homes in the working-class Chamberlin School neighborhood. It aims directly at the center of the City of Winooski one mile away. The flight path crosses over densely populated low-income areas of the City of Burlington.
Reckless violence inflicted on civilians by the state would be an understatement. More properly, the F-35 training flights in such a densely populated area are knowingly targeting thousands of working class and ethnic minority families with military violence hundreds of times a month.
The state’s top political and military leaders were also interviewed for the article. Not one addressed the problem the residents and business owners identified: training with F-35 jets in a densely populated area. Noteworthy is that the F-35 works equally well for training pilots taking off from a runway remote from any populated area.
Even now, after nearly two years of F-35 training flights in a city, the governor could not answer as to why he continues to order the training in such a densely populated area. His statement about unnamed “benefits to state and nation” omits mention of his order to train in a city location. His statement in the article may be understood as an admission of depraved indifference to the thousands of families unnecessarily harmed.
Military regulations require a military necessity for any military operation that can harm civilians or civilian property. Absent a military necessity, the training flights in such a city location are illegal under the military’s own regulations.
Write or call your public servants:
Governor Phil Scott 802-828-3333 Chief of Staff <Jason.Gibbs@vermont.gov>
Vermont National Guard's Complaint Line: 802-660-5379
Add your own report & complaint to the online F-35 Spring-Summer 2021 Report & Complaint Form: https://tinyurl.com/4zjjn39x
See the responses to the F-35 Spring-Summer 2021 Report & Complaint Form (so far 407 responses): https://tinyurl.com/3svacfvx
Senator Patrick Leahy 800-642-3193 Chief of Staff <email@example.com>
Senator Bernie Sanders 800-339-9834 <Senator@sanders.senate.gov>
Congressman Peter Welch 888-605-7270 Chief of Staff <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Burlington City Council <email@example.com>
Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Winooski Mayor Kristine Lott <email@example.com>
S. Burlington City Council Chair Helen Riehle <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Williston Selectboard Chair Terry Macaig <email@example.com>
VT Senate President Becca Balint <firstname.lastname@example.org>
VT House Speaker Jill Krowinski <email@example.com>
Attorney General TJ Donavan <DonovanTJ@gmail.com>
States Attorney Sarah George <Sarah.firstname.lastname@example.org>
Vermont’s Federal Prosecutor <email@example.com>
Adjutant General Brig Gen Gregory C Knight <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Major J Scott Detweiler <email@example.com>
Wing Commander Col David Shevchik <firstname.lastname@example.org>