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Protecting the Birthplace of the American Revolution,

the cradle of the Environmental Movement,

and the Home of the American Literary Renaissance

Notable Quotes


"Some men don't care for nature and would sell there share in all her beauty… Thank God they cannot fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. It is for that very reason that we need to combine to protect all from the vandalism of a few."

Henry David Thoreau


 "Concord History is not a thing of the past but a promise for the future" 

Thoreau Scholar Thomas Blanding


"Massport is a public agency that has lost its sense of mission, confused its priorities, and forgotten the public it is supposed to serve" 

Frederick Salvucci, Boston Globe


"No aviation without representation"

Mass Rep Jay Kaufman


"There is a need for wider recognition that government has as much duty to protect the land, the air, the water, and the natural environment against technological damage, as it does to protect the country against foreign enemies."

Distinguished U.S. Admiral Hyman Rickover


"The pollution levels from one large commercial jetliner take-off are somewhat similar to setting the local gas station on fire and flying it over your house"

Anonymous Boeing Physicist


"Its not Historical, its Hysterical!" 

Shuttle America publicist Mark Cestari, Commenting on the objections to the commercialization of Hanscom Field on the TV program "Chronicle"


"Airports and toxic waste dumps are No. 1 and No. 2 for things that people don't want to see next to their homes,"  George Doughty, Cleveland's ports director from 1980 to 1984


"We could have been treated as partners instead of opponents. There is intelligent life out here. We would have liked to have been consulted."  West Provo Neighborhood Chairwoman Anita Reid regarding the expansion of the airport there


"The government always thought we would give up sooner or later, but we have not"  Narita Japan farmer and housewife Noriko Ishii regarding her 30 year battle against airport expansion there

"I received a call from Jim New, Director of Special Projects for the FAA. He wanted to remind me of Massport's obligation to provide access to Hanscom for eligible uses. And they reminded me that Massport's federal grant assurances are contingent upon our playing by the same rules as everyone else."

Peter Blute, telling the Massport Board that the FAA had threatened Massport with financial retaliation if they did not approve the Part 139 certificate that would make Hanscom a commercial airport.


"If an airline operator desires to exceed the 30 seat limit, the airport must possess a Part 139 operating certificate. However, The FAA will not require the airport to seek a Part 139 Certificate simply because an operator is petitioning to provide service with aircraft of more than 30 seats."

FAA Ruling in the case of Arapahoe County Airport, claiming that they don't threaten airports to open them up to commercial traffic.


"The gains made by better management and technology are still being outpaced by the environmental impacts of population and economic growth"

Klaus Toepfer, UN Official


"And it's not just the airport; it's the hotels, motels, parking lots, car rental agencies, fast-food joints, strip clubs, bars, restaurants, convenience stores, freight-forwarding firms, warehouses and distribution centers that would follow. Then there's the traffic congestion and noise. " Editorial from the Cleveland Plain Dealer

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