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BTV City Council rejects F-35 Resolutions

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It was a night of passionate debate in the Queen City. Supporters and opponents of the F-35 fighter jets packed the city council meeting Monday to voice their opinions on a pair of resolutions.

The first resolution stipulated that because Burlington International Airport is owned by the city, the decision to base the planes should be the city's. The second called for outlawing the planes because of the potential health risks they might pose.

"The more immediate health risk to residents is not hearing loss but the stress that comes from realizing their elected representatives are deaf to their plight," explained Doug Dunbebin, an F-35 opponent.

Some believe the sound will be harmful to residents, while others regard the sound of the jets as the sound of freedom and are proud of the noise.

"When I hear a fire truck or a police car or even a street sweeper pass my condo on St. Paul street, I don't dwell on the fleeting disruption the noise causes. Instead I feel grateful for this service that these organizations are providing our community. I feel the same way when I hear the jets overhead," said F-35 supporter Brandon Sullivan.

The city council chose to vote down both of the F-35 resolutions.

Regardless -- the final decision of where the planes will call home -- rests with the Air Force. 

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