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The F-35 in a time of global plague

PSR member John Reuwer, MD | Vermont Digger

Vermonters are divided in our opinions about whether the F-35 should be flying from Burlington International Airport. Even with the human suffering and damage to the economy we are experiencing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Vermont Air Guard’s current 15 planes continue to fly overhead. According to Gov. Phil Scott, this is to fulfill their “federal mission,” which as near as I can tell is practicing for war abroad. Closer to home, this means generating harmful noise, sowing our atmosphere with pollutants from burning 1,500 gallons of jet fuel per hour for each plane at a time when we know air pollution weakens our lungs‘ ability to resist the coronavirus.

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