Faith Leaders Oppose F-35 Fighter Jets, Wisconsin State Journal 7-29-2020

A full-page ad appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal today – July 29, 2020 – speaking against the F-35 fighter jets for reasons of social and environmental justice, and world peace. It’s signed by a long list of clergy and other faith leaders who call the proposed deployment “morally offensive”. Wisconsin State Journal Ad, Faith […]

Scientific American: Defund the Pentagon, Too

Let’s Defund the Pentagon, Too   | 8 July 2020  |   John Horgan  Related Links: The Poor People’s Campaign:  Moral Budget cuts the military budget   Defund the Pentagon – Contact your representatives People over Pentagon  original article   We must begin moving beyond militarism, as Martin Luther King urged more than 50 years ago “Toward the end […]

Uncle Sam: clean up your mess

Wisconsin State Journal  |  27 May 2020  |  Brad Geyer I live next to the Truax Field military base in Madison. The U.S. government has poisoned the water and should clean it up. The federal government plans to spend more than $50 million to expand the base. It plans to bring in a squadron of […]

More PFAS contamination found in airport runoff

The Wisconsin State Journal  |  6 May, 2020  |  Chris Hubbuch   original article   “Dane County says it has found additional sources of harmful chemicals in water that drains from the Madison airport and plans to test a new technology for treating the water. The county said in a news release issued Wednesday afternoon that […]

PFAS, COVID and potential environmental racism

The draft environmental impact study acknowledged that there will be “significant disproportionate impacts to low-income and minority populations as well as children.”  Although much of the US government is phasing out fluorine based firefighting foam use,  due to having jets with composite bodies like the Lockheed Martin F-35, the fluorine based foams will continue to be […]

High PFAS toxin levels found in Starkweather Creek sediment [by Truax Field ANG base]

The Cap Times  |  24 April 2020  |  Steven Elbow Original Article  Starkweather Creek Watershed Map    “Test results of PFAS in troubled Starkweather Creek sediment show high levels for one of the more toxic varieties of the chemical group. [per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances] The results add to concerns about PFAS pollution in the creek, […]

Air Force picks Truax for F-35 base; Madison opponents consider legal response

The Cap Times  |  15 April 2020  |  Steven Elbow   original article  While the U.S. Air Force cleared the final bureaucratic hurdle Wednesday to bring a squadron of F-35 fighter jets to Truax Field, opponents say they might take to the courts to stop the move. “We have retained some attorneys a while ago […]

Pentagon and Lockheed in Fight Over Failure

Janes’s  |  29 March 2020  |  Pat Host The Pentagon wants data on failures of the F-35. Lockheed wants the taxpayer to pay them for it. How greedy can you be? Or maybe this might clue more people in to what a hunk of junk this jet is. Original Article  “The Pentagon wants a specific […]

Miskimen: Oppose F-35’s that are ineffective, dangerous, too expensive and they pollute

Dear Alders: I have contacted my alder Patrick Heck and others about opposing the F-35 plans at Truax. Especially in this time of Covid-19, we appreciate the vital work of the Air National Guard and the 115th Fighter Wing. It’d be preferable to so many of us, that these resources be put towards missions that […]

Janet Parker: Mayor Rhodes-Conway has taken the right stance on F-35s

The Cap Times  |  9 April 2020  |  Janet Parker, guest columnist The Air Force may make a decision on where to base the F-35 fighter planes as soon as this week. Last week, our City Council went on record with strong opposition to basing F-35s at Truax Field here in Madison. The vote to […]