Massport is devoted to a course of action that will destroy this
community and all the historic resources that lie within. As reported in
the Boston Globe, Massport plans to "expand Hanscom Field's
hangar and office space by more than a third, further establishing the
airport as a hub for corporate travel."
A Woburn-based company, Crosspoint LLC, shares Massport's
determination to bury Walden and the North Bridge under black emission
soot and ear-shattering jet noise. Last year, more than 33,000 private
jets ripped and thundered through our skies at low altitudes. The
addition of Crosspoint's new facility will guarantee more than 100,000
jets in just 10 years.
Our communities have spent decades appealing to Massport to limit the
jet growth at Hanscom. Dire concerns about increasing jet traffic have
been voiced by the citizens of the four towns through unanimous town
meeting votes, by our elected representatives, by Scenic America and the
National Trust for Historic Preservation, by historians Ken Burns and
David McCullough, and many other historians and environmentalists. All
have been met with sarcasm, disrespect, and demeaning dismissal by
With the announcement of the Crosspoint expansion, the line is now
drawn clearly in the sand. If these towns are to survive with any
historical and environmental integrity intact, we must fight this
expansion with every ounce of energy and spirit we can muster. To enact
federal legislation to limit the growth of this airport, we need the
ardent support of our Governor and our U.S. Senators. All three have
stated, on the record, that they are opposed to Hanscom Airport
expansion. They need to hear from you that one of America's most
historic areas needs to be protected now, before it is too late.
So as we approach the holiday season, please do what you can
to help. Write directly to our senators and governor, call or stop by
our office to sign our petition, or volunteer an hour or two to help us
with our petition drive around town.
For centuries these towns have symbolized the essence of patriotic
and environmental consciousness and conscience. Let's keep this
tradition honored and alive. Let's save this place we love.
Anna West Winter
Save Our Heritage