People Pack Burlington Council Meeting for F-35 Debate

People Pack Burlington Council Meeting for F-35 Debate

The Burlington City Council debated weighing in on whether new F-35's should land at the Vermont National Guard.
BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Burlington City Council debated weighing in on whether new F-35's should land at the Vermont National Guard.

On Monday, the council had rejected two measures. The council voted 10-4 against trying to stop the jets from being based in Burlington. Also, the council voted 11-3 against a second resolution which would ask the Air Force to skip choosing Burlington during this round.

Jet opponents say the City of Burlington has a unique role in this fight. It owns the airport where the jets would be based and opponents hoped the city would tell its tenant, the Guard, what to do.

People packed into a special city council meeting where both supporters and opponents of the F-35 spoke to city councilors.

Jet supporters says this is about jobs, more than 1000 at the Guard, including pilot Lieutenant Clay Shaner.

"I urge our community to unite around the facts and display your pride and gratitude as an American and as a Vermonter by supporting and embracing the F-35 in our backyard," says Shaner.

F-35 opponents says they're up against the military and a well-funded campaign.

"We're taking our weekends, our evenings to do what we can for the community," says John Godfrey, an F-35 opponent.

They say the new jets will bring problems including loud noise into the community.

"Those who opposed the F-35's represent the people who will suffer the most if this terrible plan goes through. This includes the elderly, the disabled, the poor," says Helen Scott.

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