Summit Street Neighbors Call on Air Guard to “Fly F-16s Over Our Houses”

BURLINGTON – A group of neighbors on Summit Street in Burlington signed a petition calling on the Vermont Air Guard to “Fly F-16s over our houses.” The neighbors are disturbed by the gross inequality of their being left out of any exposure to the mind-bending noise. “Leave the people of Winooski alone for once,” said Mordechai Druckerman, a long-time resident. “Spread the pain. Give some to us. Don’t just dump on the poor and minority.”

The U.S. Air Force EIS says that “chronic exposure to high aircraft noise levels can impair learning” for schoolchildren, and that “tasks involving central processing and language comprehension (such as reading, attention, problem solving, and memory) appear to be the most affected by noise.”

The EIS says that the F-16 has had “disproportionate impact” on minority and low-income populations in Winooski and South Burlington which would continue or increase under the F-35. By contrast, maps in the EIS reveal that none of the wealthy neighborhoods in Burlington or South Burlington are shown as impacted by F-16 or F-35 noise.

The petition is entitled, “Change the flight path,” and demands that the Air Guard “leave Winooski alone. Hammering Winooski is immoral and unjust. With 20 languages spoken there and the state’s largest concentration of immigrants, the time to stop blasting Winooski is now. Change the flight path. Permanently send the F-16s screaming over Summit Street instead. Same for the F-35.”

Summit Street is a leafy street in the posh Hill Section of Burlington. Mayor Miro Weinberger, whose home is on Summit Street, said “no comment” when asked about the petition circulated by his neighbors.

5 Comments

  1. How about a 4th of July special run over the $125,000 median income Charlotte community. Only the best and brightest are there–the folks who came up with the basing and flight patterns in the first place??

  2. I bet the Summit Street neighborhood Front Porch Forum is lighting up with support for “the sound of freedom”! Let it ring from the UVM Alumni Building tree tops: the tops of the forty-seven, 3-5 inch saplings our new city arborist so generously donated from his former nursery (valued at nearly $7,000, so he says). I bet the “Hill Section” is shouting from the mountain top that there are now about three times the number of trees on the property than there were prior to the start of the renovation.

    Those majestic Norway Maples that once shaded the property are a distant memory now: besides, they are a non-native invasive species (disposable – kind of like those immigrants in Winooski). And those giant spruce trees that once graced the property, they were all sick. Hmmm, when have we heard this recently?

    Between all those new saplings and the additional shrubs and perennials that were planted, why the property looks like an enchanted forest.

    Let us give credit where credit is due: the Summit Street neighborhood sure is spreading the pain by taking on the brunt of our community’s tree-slashing and noise mitigating responsibilities.

  3. This is a funny, cleverly written send up of Burlington’s Hill set, but I dare say our humorless mayor won’t think so.

  4. Does a Senior Administrative Official of BIA live on Summit Street? No need to mention names. Caught my attention when he mentioned that he hears planes taking off at home. Really is a lovely neighborhood of good folks.

  5. Forget Summit Street, just fly the planes over the numerous properties of Senators Leahy and Sanders and Representative Welch. Then add in all those Burlington members of the Vermont House and Senate who did not sign the recent “cancel the F-35 deployment” statement.

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