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1/30/2013 9:58:00 PM
Letter: F-35 program is vital to Arizona


Our federal government seems to be taking on one budget cut after another. Recently I read about cuts to our national defense and, specifically, the F-35 program. I know that the F-35 is especially important to those of us in Arizona. It provides thousands of jobs and gives Arizona a national military presence.

To cut the program would endanger that, and endanger our country's future safety. I know it's hard to look ahead when trying to save a dollar, but our country's leaders need to do just that when looking at how we will equip our military for the generations to come.

Shelly Carmine


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, February 01, 2013
Article comment by: Attentive Listener

If jobs are the concern, keep the employees and put them to work updating our infrastructure.

A trillion dollars for these planes when our roads, bridges, dams, sewer and electrical grids are falling apart is like a family whose house is collapsing buying a Lamborghini on an interest-only loan.

Posted: Friday, February 01, 2013
Article comment by: J K

Lockheed's strategy should include enlisting the NRA's support of the F35. Should that happen, all negative info about the plane would be banned from public view. Lies will be spread overstating the need for the weapon and a large number of nuts will demand the right to possess one. Any citizen who suggests that moderation is in order will be labeled an Anti-American, socialist communist traitor who hates God and leaders that try to block the government contract to build them will be called Marxist dictators. America will then build and sell them to the world in which the only things we export are war and our natural resources and jobs.

Posted: Friday, February 01, 2013
Article comment by: GUN NUTS:

Scrap it! Dwight Eisenhower (the last great Republican President) was absolutely right about the Military/Industrial Complex.....they own us.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Midge Baker

Trillion-Dollar Jet Has Thirteen Expensive New Flaws


"The most expensive weapons program in U.S. history is about to get a lot pricier.

"The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, meant to replace nearly every tactical warplane in the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, was already expected to cost $1 trillion dollars for development, production and maintenance over the next 50 years. Now that cost is expected to grow, owing to 13 different design flaws uncovered in the last two months by a hush-hush panel of five Pentagon experts. It could cost up to a billion dollars to fix the flaws on copies of the jet already in production, to say nothing of those yet to come.

"In addition to costing more, the stealthy F-35 could take longer to complete testing. That could delay the stealthy jets combat debut to sometime after 2018 seven years later than originally planned. And all this comes as the Pentagon braces for big cuts to its budget while trying to save cherished but costly programs like the Joint Strike Fighter."

So is it really worth keeping? What a waste of taxpayer money!

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: F-35 Cost: 2400 at $167,000,000 EACH!

...and that's the present estimate in a sector which always underestimates. Like the much more expensive (hard to believe) F-22 ($400,000,000 EACH!!!), it is also a proven "hanger Queen" with many problems. A very experienced aviation analyst estimates the F-35's cost per flight HOUR at $51,143---and they always fly in pairs. Two of them flying together would cost $102,286 in a single hour.
One can be certain that they will be used as bombers of some huts in some godforsaken place in some stupid hopeless war (think Afghanistan). Just how rich, Ms. Carmine, do you think America is?
This huge expense at a time when almost 50 million Americans are living in poverty, 25% of our children do not eat well, declining average incomes for working people, rising student debt, cutbacks of school music programs, cutbacks on unemployment eligibility...I could go on and on. We do not need 2400 of this horrible plane.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Victor Holm

This letter is what is wrong with any attempt to cut spending. Everyone is in favor of cutting the others guys project but not one that benefits us. In the case of the F-35 the right question to ask is does the military need it, not does the economy need it.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: open book

Every single government cut will generate loss of private sector jobs. We will never get our debt under control unless every single person is willing to take a cut one way or another. Don't be a NIMBY.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: The Nation's Cancer

The Military-Industrial Complex has become a cancer that has metastasized into nearly every Congressional District in the entire country to ensure it's own financial survival. Whenever anyone suggests a bit of financial surgery or chemo to try to simply slow the growth, the Undertakers among us scream "No! Jobs will be lost".

This country's military-security-surveillance-defense industry complex is a malignancy that is out of control and choking the life out of our nation. It also spreads dis-ease and death throughout the world as the world's largest weapons supplier and purveyor of violence.

Worst of all, the spiritual damage is deep and incalculable, and we are only beginning to see the effect of that on our young.

We know our country is already on life support - a trillion in borrowed money spent each a year to support the growth of this lethal parasite while our roads, bridges, water systems, infrastructure, educational, and medical systems struggle or starve.

The cancer eventually kills its host before it causes its own death, and we're not far off. Maybe that's not such a bad thing - for good of the world. It's how Nature corrects mistakes.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: bob grant

F-35 wes compromised by china ,it should be reworked or dropped!

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Von Deck

If we're going to cut government programs and endanger jobs, programs like that are probably a good place to start. We outspend the rest of the world combined in military spending. Why not save some money and only reappropriate it when Saddam comes back from the grave and actually INVADES us this time with the all powerful almost nonexistent military he enjoyed in early 2003. Sure beats cutting Medicare.

Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Article comment by: Real American DISABLED VET USN Retired

Another DOD pork belly project.. THEY already have enough planes..If they need more not there are plenty in Tucson in MOTHBALL...!!
Some projects are pork belly like that bridge in ALASKA or Navy Hospital In New Orleans but a gazillion dollars for overpriced airplanes isn't..THEY PROVIDE jobs well I though we wanted the PRIVATE SECTOR to do the hiring(NOT DOD CONTRACTORS AND SUB CONTRACTORS)..

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