|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Tue, 5 May 2009 21:49:30 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] NOISE: Eglin Air Force Base (FL)|
May 5, 2009 In Fighting Noisy Jets, Mayor Divides His Town By DAMIEN CAVEVALPARAISO, Fla. - In his 45th year as mayor, John B. Arnold Jr. picked a fight with the biggest patron and largest landowner in this small town about 40 miles east of Pensacola. In February, he led Valparaiso to sue his former employer, the Defense Department, demanding a better fix for noise from F-35 fighter jets scheduled to start arriving next year at Eglin Air Force Base.
"The survivability of this town is at stake," said Mr. Arnold, 79, arguing that property values would collapse because of overflights. "It's David vs. Goliath."
Critics, however, say Mr. Arnold looks more like Judas. Fearing that even a slight delay in the arrival of the F-35s would destroy a regional economy already bruised by the recession, Mr. Arnold's own county, Okaloosa, has countersued to stop him. Residents are calling the mayor a dictator and hanging signs across the Gulf Coast with messages like "We support Eglin F-35 - The Sound of Freedom."
... For the entire article, see http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/05/us/05mayor.html?_r=1&ref=global-home -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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