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Saturday, September 15, 2007

Baffled & Outraged!

Posted By on Sat, Sep 15, 2007 at 12:32 PM

The Saturday "hottie" is by Paul H. Heintz in the Brattleboro Reformer.

Shumlin outraged by energy meetings

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BRATTLEBORO -- The Department of Public Service plans to hold five public workshops throughout the state next month to discuss Vermont's energy future. But not one of them will take place in Windham County -- home of the state's single largest energy producer, Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant.

That has Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin, D-Windham, baffled and outraged. {That's Shummy in a Statehouse Freyne Photo from April. He's the one who's not on the wall.]

"There are an awful lot of folks up there who just want us to accept the waste, accept the aging plant and shut up. How better to accomplish that goal than to not hold a public forum down here," he said.

"This is a calculated effort to mute the voices of the citizens in this state who have hosted the plant for 35 years."

In a letter he sent Friday to Commissioner of Public Service David O'Brien, Shumlin requested that the department schedule another conference in Windham County.

"It is only reasonable to expect the Department of Public Service would want to listen to Vermonters who live with a nuclear power plant in their back yard," Shumlin wrote.

But according to O'Brien, the situation is a "misunderstanding."

...O'Brien said he had not heard from Shumlin before receiving the letter late Friday and said a simple phone call and conversation could have resolved the matter.

More here.

Also, may I share this lovely little fairytale a friend sent:

Once upon a time
in a land far away,

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a beautiful, independent,
self-assured princess
happened upon a frog as she sat
contemplating ecological issues
on the shores of an unpolluted pond
in a verdant meadow near her castle.

The frog hopped into the princess' lap
and said: " Elegant Lady,
I was once a handsome prince,
until an evil witch cast a spell upon me.

One kiss from you, however,
and I will turn back
into the dapper, young prince that I am
and then, my sweet, we can marry
and set up housekeeping in your castle
with my mother,

where you can prepare my meals,
clean my clothes, bear my children,
and forever feel
grateful and happy doing so."

That night,
as the princess dined sumptuously
on lightly sautied frog legs
seasoned in a white wine
and onion cream sauce,
she chuckled and thought to herself:

“I don't fuckin think so.”

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Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne

Bio:
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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