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Monday, April 23, 2007

Recycling America Week?

Posted By on Mon, Apr 23, 2007 at 8:46 AM

As one who was born and raised in a world that did not have have recycling trucks or seat belts or self-serve gas stations, I've pretty much been able to go with the flow and adapt.

Not everything, though. Still use cassette tapes for my Radio Vermont News reporting. Cassettes have an "antique" feel, which is nice, And they're cheap, efficient and get the job done.

Dashed out a few minutes ago when I heard the recycling truck out front. It's Blue Box Day on the Southside of Burlington, Vermont - each blue box a sign of hope, really, hope that we will, each one of us acting in unison, save the damn planet and stop the environmental degradation that will be the lasting legacy of the Corporate Age and the 20th Century.

Another sign of reason to hope is the big story in today's Times Argus by Editor (and former Howard Dean Press Secretary), Sue Allen. Sweet Sue is not someone who's easily fooled. And when her name is the byline of a news story, pay attention, folks.

In this case, it's a story about the upcoming Wednesday showdown under Montpeculiar's golden dome between the common folk who refuse to be good, quiet 1930s-style Germans, and the lawmaker class of Vermont Democracy. At issue is whether or not our discredited and deceitful President George W. Bush and Veep Dick Cheney deserve Blue-Box treatment for the horror they've dragged America into.

The Impeachment Resolution that passed the Vermont State Senate on Friday morning is expected to hit the House floor Wednesday. House Speaker Gaye Symington of Jericho was in Bennington Sunday evening to speak to local Democrats. And based on what she told Bennington Banner Reporter Neal Goswami, she's still a victim of the chronic tunnel vision that, sadly, is becoming her trademark:

"I'm still coming to terms onwhether or not we want to have that debate in the House," saidSymington, D-Jericho, before speaking to a gathering of BenningtonCounty Democrats Sunday evening. "I just do not believe it'sappropriate, at this point, for the Vermont Legislature to call for theimpeachment of the president. I voted against a resolution at my owntown meeting."

Symington said the approach taken by Shumlin in the Senate would not happen in the House.

"They brought it up at 8:30 in the morning and there was nonotice. I don't think that's a fair way to do it. I think if we were todo it in the House we would do it with a full, open debate," she said.

Symington maintains that debating a resolution in the Housewould take up a significant amount of time in a legislative sessionthat is scheduled to adjourn the first week of May. She said theSenate, a body of just 30 members, is able to debate issues morequickly than the 150-member House.

Poor Gaye, eh?

Doesn't get it, does she?

Such a "radical" notion -  that the elected-by-the-people Vermont House of the People actually address an issue of great concern to Vermonters, even if it wasn't on House Speaker Symington's "to-do" list for the 2007 session.

Check this out - even retired ABC News foreign-correspondent extraordinaire Barrie Dunsmore of Charlotte addresses the issue in his Sunday Rutland Herald column.


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Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne

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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