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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Coffee-Shop Afternoon

Posted By on Thu, Jul 5, 2007 at 7:59 PM

Tore myself away from the Ol' Internet this afternoon for a coffee-shop run and a hand-held edition of The New York Times to peruse.

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That's Marie Claire working behind the counter at Speeder & Earl's on Pine Street.

This afternoon I learned about her "other life," as quite the talented singer, songwriter and piano player!

Do give her a listen at

The I made a run downtown for a little more caffeine at Uncommon Grounds on Church Street.

Crowded, but there was an empty seat at the table occupied by this gentleman.

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Recognize him?

Currently taking a six-month unpaid leave from his faculty position at the University of Vermont, Huck Gutman is working on Capitol Hill on the staff of his longtime friend and political ally, Independent U. S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. Professor Gutman is a "senior policy advisor."

Ol' Huck's been teaching 19th and 20th Century poetry at UVM since 1972!  And he's worked on Bernie Campaigns since 1972, he said. Looking good, isn't he? And three years ago he pedaled a bicycle from Minnesota to Burlington.

I don't know if it's just me, since I woke up feeling a little "funky" this morning, but I'm not noticing a lot of "friendliness" or "openness" in the air as I make the rounds this afternoon. [Lots of tourists in town, too.]  I sense people are uneasy and fearful about what more serious damage the Cheney Administration, sorry, the Bush Administration, will do to Americans, America andbeyond.

The current Bush is an American president who avoids the American public and only leaves the "security" of the White House to go to his presidential father's Maine seaside retreat, or to give a "patriotic" speech to National Guard troops at a West Virginia military base urging more sacrifice. And Cheney?

When's the last time he spoke before anything other than a carefully screened audience devoid of Americans who disagree with him on the Iraq War?

Given George our Prez and Dick our Veep's draft-dodger pasts when they were young men in the 1960s, should we really be surprised?

Today, even GOP Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico called for U.S. troops withdrawing from Iraq starting by next March.

"I am unwilling to continue our current strategy," said Sen. Domenici.

More Republican members of Congress will be joining him soon, eh?

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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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