the opposition to the Vermont Air Guard’s plans to host the F-35 stealth
fighters at Burlington International Airport is Rosanne Greco, the
volunteer chairwoman of the city council in South Burlington. She says her
experience in a convent and years in the Air Force have prepared her to take on
Vermont’s Congressional delegation has long called for the
Pentagon to cut its budget. But Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman
Peter Welch all support basing F-35s in Burlington because, they say, it might sustain hundreds of jobs.
And despite growing local opposition, the delegation says it’s committed to the program.
Vermont municipalities participate in a statewide retirement
program that’s nearly fully funded. That’s much better than retirement funds
are doing for many cities and towns around the country, which have found that
they’re living beyond their means.
Citing environmental concerns, cities in Chittenden County are already deciding whether they want to support the Air Force’s proposed plan to bring F-35 jets to Burlington International Airport. Their decisions
could change the Pentagon’s preferred location for the new jets.
Officials in Chittenden County are weighing the economic benefits of the
National Guard’s proposed plan to bring F-35 fighter jets to Burlington
International Airport, while raising concerns about noise
and government transparency.