Seems both the Guard and Airport folks are able to attend one sided support group meetings of Realtors, Micron, Chamber of Commerce, and a KBOI Radio- NNC business breakfast, but when it comes to common residents, they are AWOL.
The controversy over attracting the F-35 fighter to Boise’s Gowen Field is quickly polarizing the community. The Air Guard has joined Boise officials carpet bombing the local media and business-oriented venues with their message, demeaning and trivializing those opposed to the F-35. The city repeatedly characterized adverse views as “misinformation.” They even sent a letter to each neighborhood association president claiming the city’s info was accurate, but the other views were erroneous.
Simply put, that city message says the IANG has a big economic impact and means jobs. No one argues that point. The opponents simply don’t want the noisy F-35 tearing up the sky. Repeatedly folks have joined the GUARDIAN calling for some F-35 fighters to fly in and out of Boise using full afterburners and performing just as they would under various training maneuvers so citizens can judge for themselves if it is unduly noisy.
About 100 people attended the meeting. There seemed to be grass roots support to circulate a petition to establish just how many citizens support the effort to seek an alternative flying mission to the F-35.
The Vista Neighborhood Association meeting had an impressive panel including an engineer, a wildlife biologist, a children’s health and hearing professional, and a PhD economist offering their views and responding to audience questions. Each one provided reasoned information and opinions.
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