News Release – North and Eastside State Legislative Candidates Respond to Safe Skies Clean Water Questionnaire; Oppose F-35 Jets at Truax Field

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 3, 2020 North and Eastside State Legislative Candidates Respond to Safe Skies Clean Water Questionnaire; Oppose F-35 Jets at Truax Field Responding to a questionnaire from Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin, most candidates for the State Legislature in districts surrounding Dane County Airport are opposed to the stationing of F-35 fighter […]

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 […]

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 […]

Decision to base F-35s in Madison ignores public health concerns

The Cap Times  |  29 April 2020  |  Bruce Barrett and Paula Rogge   original letter    “Today we are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. Our federal, state and local government officials have been working hard to contain the pandemic, and the public has followed social distancing instructions to “flatten the curve” until effective testing, […]

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 […]

Support the People by Opposing Polluting War Machines

Dear Madison Alders Thank you so much for considering the Common Council resolution opposing the stationing of F-35 fighter jets at Truax.  Please, please, vote in favor of this resolution. I live on the north side of Madison, and I love this part of town.  I moved here twenty years ago from the west coast, […]

Contact Madison alders: Common Council to discuss resolution opposing F-35 jets

NOTE: REGISTER FOR the resolution here (Item 77):  https://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/meeting-schedule/virtual-meetings/register?meeting-id=43391 You can optionally register to speak. If you include your email they will send you a link to attend. Common Council Meeting, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 6:30 pm Please send an email before Tuesday evening to allalders@cityofmadison.com telling them to support the resolution. Be sure to […]

Leslee Nelson: Address PFAS damage in Dane County

March 12, 2020  |  The Cap Times  |  Leslee Nelson     Dear Editor: I’m writing to urge you to deal with PFAS damage, “forever chemicals,” on the quality of life in Dane County. There’s no scientific doubt about the effects of PFAS on health. The proposed construction at Truax Field for the accommodation of […]

Superfund will not protect us from the military’s toxic pollution – Maria Powell

Cap Times  |  Mar 11, 2020  | Maria Powell, executive director, Midwest Environmental Justice Organization   “The final environmental impact statement (EIS) on basing F-35 fighter jets at Madison’s Truax Field states that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA, or Superfund), will guide PFAS investigations and cleanups at the base. Does this […]