Howie Barte was an air traffic controller for 33 1/2 years and retired from federal service in 2005. During that time, he was a co-founder of NATCA, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association, the union that represents the nation’s air traffic control workforce and now several other federal professions as well. He served the first regional vice president of the NATCA New England Region, and also served as local president at TF Green airport (PVD) for fourteen years and NATCA new England alternate regional vice-president for 11 years.
After retirement from the FAA in 2005, he was asked to be a radio talk show host in the local Providence, RI market. He served in that capacity for fifteen months, after which the AM radio station he worked for was purchased by a right-wing group affiliated with presidential candidate Mitt Romney. They shifted the station to the ultra extreme right, and decided to save salary money in the process. Arlene Violet, Howie’s radio mentor and talk show host for seventeen years, was dismissed at the same time as Howie in early December 2006, leaving only free syndicated ultra-extreme right-wing national programs and a single right-wing local host, whom has also since been fired.
Howie has lived in New York, Spain, Denmark, Holland, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico, when he graduated college and originally was an air taxi pilot before being hired into the FAA. He also spent four years in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict. He later lived in Massachusetts and Rhode Island before finally settling in Florida.
Howie is married with two grown daughters. He is a Harley Davidson enthusiast (see photos on www.howiebarte.com) and loves Sushi and Sashimi. He self-describes as a liberal-centrist with social libertarian tendencies when it comes to our legislators making laws that us supposedly protect us from ourselves. He is willing to pay his fair share of taxes, but believes that corruption and inefficiency in government should be financed solely by the jerks that pass these laws.