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Military Jets & Environmental Restoration

Military Jets & Environmental Restoration

by Katherine van Wormer | Quaker Earthcare Witness, May 27, 2022 (this is part of a longer article “Listening to the Earth”) Read online An issue of immediate concern to the Madison (WI) Friends is government’s selection of our airport as home for the notorious F-35 fighter planes. The Madison Friends’ Minute begins: As Quakers,…

Study minimizes airport noise issue

Study minimizes airport noise issue

Capital Times, May 12, 2022 Read the article online Dear Editor: It would be a typical quiet Sunday morning except the Air National Guard is training fighter jet pilots. Neighborhood noise monitors are exceeding 100 decibels, 10 times louder than the city ordinance. It’s a reminder that the county airport is finally updating its 30-year…

Yes, it’s fine to talk about the military-industrial complex in Madison

Yes, it’s fine to talk about the military-industrial complex in Madison

TONE, Feb 22, 2022 | Scott Gordon Read online What do we talk about when we talk about people talking about the military-industrial complex? Those most deeply involved in activism on the issue have articulated a complex and intertwined set of reasons why basing the jets here would be a bad idea—especially its impact on…

We can’t live with nuclear weapons — Jane H. Kavaloski

We can’t live with nuclear weapons — Jane H. Kavaloski

Feb 3, 2022 | Wisconsin State Journal Read Online “You can’t live with them!” That’s what Franklin Grahlf, a U.S. Navy veteran, told State Journal reporter Logan Wroge in last week’s article about the first anniversary of the United Nations’ treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons. Grahlf was exposed to atomic radiation when his…

Comments on proposed low-income housing at the Bimbo Bakery site 2/3/22

Comments on proposed low-income housing at the Bimbo Bakery site 2/3/22

From the blog of District 12 Alder Syed Abbas:  Low-income housing proposed for corner of East Washington and North Fair Oaks Avenues. Here is another environmental justice project which will expose more people to the noise impacts from the upcoming F-35 fighter jets by building low-income housing within the estimated 65-decibel zone considered incompatible with…

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Madison Environmental Justice, Dec 15, 2021 | By Maria C. Powell, PhD Read online Dear DNR…  I have known for some time about the deadline today on proposed standards WY-23-19, Surface Water Standards for PFOS and PFOA. But weeks ago, feeling demoralized and beleaguered as I often do these days, I had decided not to submit any…

Latino area growth limited by airport — Steven Klafka

Latino area growth limited by airport — Steven Klafka

Wisconsin State Journal | Dec 1, 2021 Read online It was encouraging to read about the energy new Latino residents are bringing to the North Side of Madison in Sunday’s State Journal article “Blossoming community feels ‘like its own town.’” It was surprising there was no mention of the elephant in the room — the…

End wars to help restore our Earth — Thomas Gibson

End wars to help restore our Earth — Thomas Gibson

Wisconsin State Journal – November 23  Read online “Man is a part of nature,” the environmentalist Rachel Carlson once said, “and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.” The Earth, when seen from outer space, is a most beautiful and moving sight, our only home. Closer up, however, it shows tremendous damage: Its forests, once widespread and…

Military is issue, not infrastructure — Jeff Virchow

Military is issue, not infrastructure — Jeff Virchow

Wisconsin State Journal | Nov 22, 2021  Read online The cost of the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, listed at $1 trillion, is being discussed a lot. It’s worth noting that most of that discussion fails to mention that that cost will be spread over a period of 10 years, which comes to…

Military is major climate destroyer — Jane H. Kavaloski

Military is major climate destroyer — Jane H. Kavaloski

October 22, 2021 | Wisconsin State Journal The “elephant in the room” is a phrase that refers to an issue so large that it is destroying the functioning of a group. But it also implies that the issue is neither acknowledged nor addressed. The upcoming United Nations’ Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, which begins…