"Disappointed" | Freyne Land

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Thursday, August 9, 2007


Posted By on Thu, Aug 9, 2007 at 4:48 PM

That's how Gov. Jim Douglas said he felt in response to the Public Service Board decision giving the green light to the 16-Tower wind project in Sheffield.

Unfortunately, we had to wait 45 minutes to ask him since the presser was a pre-staged commercial for the "New Workforce Recruitment Effort" the Douglas Administration is rolling out online next month. That's Commerce Secretary Kevin Dorn at the microphone [Alan Walker, a Scotsman who manages Qimonda in Williston over his right shoulder and you-know-who over his left].

There'll be a new "web portal" unveiled next month [another presser to promote it?] that's designed to attract the software engineer crowd, many of whom may have picked up a college degree here, or grew up in Vermont and departed to experience the world of big cities.

And then, when we finally got to the real "news" story of the day, Press Secretary Jason Gibbs jumped in quickly to say time was about up since the Boss had to stay on schedule and depart for the 3:15 ribbon-cutting at the Winooski Farmer's Market.

Yours truly, however, spoke up about how it might be nice to address the top Vermont news story of the day, and Gov. Scissorhands graciously did so. Let's face it, this Middlebury College graduate, who stayed in Vermont, can talk the paint off a wall when he has to!

Vermont's Guv is "disappointed" that the wind project got the green light - he always calls it "industrial wind." And he said he's hopeful the PSB will look at the coming wind power projects "on a case-by-case basis."

You'd think a Vermont CEO like that, one who is dead-set against wind energy, while going to the mat for nuclear, could attract a few challengers, 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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