Claims by opponents of the F-35 that
the city of Burlington can block the jets from coming to Vermont are not valid.
That's the opinion of Burlington's city attorney, who issued a memo late
The opposition group has suggested
that as owner of the airport the city can order its tenant, the Vermont
National Guard, not to fly the next-generation jets.
City attorney Eileen Blackwood cites
several reasons that tactic won't work, including that the city appears to be
constitutionally unable to control the activities of the military. The city
also has existing lease obligations and would likely lose federal funding if it
denied access to government aircraft.