I applaud Mr. Rotharmel’s letter printed Sunday, Aug. 6, regarding the F-35 plane the city officials are working so hard to bring to Boise. Some say we are not patriotic to object to the noise. Well, folks, we object to much more than the noise, although that in itself is huge. Louder than the mufflers recently banned. We object to the air pollution plus the impact of the noise vibrations on people’s hearts and brains. The impact on the brains of schoolchildren; yes, there is a grade school in the area to be affected.
There are many homes of retired seniors and others who purchased homes to retire in long before this plane was considered to be based here. Homes that then would be labeled “not suitable for residential use.” It will not be the end of Gowen Field should the F-35s not be based there. It is predicted that hearing loss will be a common result of this noise vibration. They will cause heart attacks and bursting aneurysms.
I add my voice to Mr. Rotharmel’s plea for our leaders to take off their rose-colored glasses and set us free from this impending disaster.
Kathy Blickenstaff, Boise