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Saturday, March 24, 2007

Antiwar Vermont

Posted By on Sat, Mar 24, 2007 at 5:45 PM

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Didn't get to the Iraq War Protest at City Hall in Burlap until it was over - been running late, a little out-of-sync. I figure it's the lingering effects of Wednesday's six-hour chemo.

Hey, doing fine. And the Freyne Brain looks like it's not a cause for concern. The MR Spectroscopy "actually didn't show much," says Dr. Penar, the neurosurgeon. It was "not technically an adequate diagnostic study." Some problem on radiology's end. He suggests we may well be able to get a refund from FAHC because of it.

Cool.

As things stand, no other seizure-related symptoms.  Eating well, energy's decent. Up and at 'em.   

Burlington Police Cpl. Ray Nails (above left),  at Church & Main, told us that "about 300 people" participated in the antiwar demonstration. There was a march and rally on the steps of Burlington City Hall. In a state with about 75 percent of the population against the war and the White House that's running it, you'd think there be some top name pols playing to the receptive crowd, eh?

Think again.

No Sen. Patrick Leahy (stayed in Washington D.C. to appear Sunday morning on CBS News' "Face the Nation" with Bob Schieffer, which airs at 10:30 a.m. on WCAX). No Sen. Bernie Sanders (nothing on his website indicating what he's up to this weekend and no Sanders schedule in our in-box.) No Congressman Peter Welch (dittos on schedule).

Cpl. Nails, born and raised in Chicago, "My Kind of Town," where my memories of the anti-Vietnam War protests in Grant Park and along Michigan Avenue during the 1968 Democratic National Convention will always be fresh, said State Rep. David Zuckerman, the ponytailed,  Burlington Prog who chairs the House Agriculture Committee in Montpelier, was the highest ranking Vermont politician to address the protest crowd.

Zuckerman for ___________?

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Although Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss (right, in the blue), also a Prog, was in attendance, Cpl. Nails said he did not speak to the gathering.

Ah, yes, that's Kiss - a man of few words.

He is still the mayor, isn't he?

And also on hand a contingent of Iraq War Veterans Against the War.

Their presence makes a powerful statement.

One that supporters of the war choose to ignore.

Perfectly understandable, eh?

As folksinger/songwriter Phil Ochs sang it in Grant Park way back when:

"Oh, we're fighting in a war we lost,
before the war began.
We're the white boots marching in a yellow land."

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Peter Freyne

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Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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