Vermont’s political leaders visited Burlington High
School Monday, highlighting a new initiative between Burlington and Winooski. The state’s two most diverse school
districts are working together to remodel and rethink their education systems,
and they’re getting a little help from civic leaders.
Gov. Peter Shumlin was in Florida most of the day Wednesday to hear how F-35
fighter jets compare to F-16s. Shumlin says he doesn’t think the new jet is appreciably
louder than the one it would replace at the Vermont Air National Guard.
Governor Peter Shumlin said he was surprised that he didn’t think an F-35 fighter jet was much louder than an F-16. Shumlin and
the mayors of Burlington and Winooski were in Florida on Wednesday for a demonstration of the two jets.
Peter Shumlin says he’ll travel to Florida next week, where he’ll hear
first-hand the sound of
fighter jets that could soon be based at the Vermont Air Guard in South
Burlington, fulfilling a campaign promise that he made to progressive
supporters who oppose the F-35 program.
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.
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.