BOISE, Idaho — The Central Bench… tree lined streets, flowers budding and chirping birds. But the peace and quiet could change if F-35’s are stationed at Gowen Field.
The F-35… some call it the “sound of freedom,” others say it’s the sound of hearing damage and plummeting property values.
If the F-35’s come to Boise, official data shows hundreds of homes could be classified as uninhabitable with the juts taking off and landing nearby.
"We know for sure because it's been identified, 105 homes (could be uninhabitable), 419 are out there on the chart as being very probable (uninhabitable), some numbers I've seen are closer to 900," said Dan Marler of Citizens For a Livable Boise.
"My main concern about the F-35's coming to Boise is the hearing of children," said Boise Bench neighbor Robert McAndrew.
McAndrew has lived on the Bench for years.
"Often times see the A-10's take off, they make a big loop around and then they land again and those are practice runs," McAndrew said.
McAndrew said the A-10 is loud enough to rattle his windows and the F-35 would be worse. He’s not just concerned for himself, but for the safety of others.
"I need assurances from Governor Otter and Mayor Bieter that the ears of children on the bench will not be damaged by the jets. Owyhee grade school is just about as close to the airport as you can get," McAndrew said.
Read more here: http://kboi2.com/news/local/boise-bench-neighbors-say-officials-arent-hearing-their-concerns-over-f-35-noise
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