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Monday, November 5, 2007

Strange Bedfellows?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2007 at 1:31 PM

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Yes, that is Lake Champlain Chamber Prez  "Tommy Guns"  Tom Torti on the far left; Ol' Bernardo, a.k.a Bernie Sanders, the only socialist senator America's got; former U.S. Navy submarine captain and Democratic State Rep. Al Perry from Richford; and "Save the Environment" Paul Burns, VPIRG's "Top Gun."

All on the same side on this one!

They want the Bush Administration to force Verizon Wireless to, among other things, provide 100-percent geographic cell phone coverage in Vermont when their purchase of Unicel inevitably goes down. (Most likely next month.)

What have they been smoking?

Hey, if no one could require the Bush Administration to come up with real, actual evidence to justify invading Iraq, to start an endless war, or come up with a nominee for Attorney General who actually opposes torturing prisoners, what makes 'em think they can make the Bush Administration require a corporate giant do something current law does not require them to do?

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"What we're asking is kind of unique," acknowledged Sen. Sanders with a twinkle in his eye, "but I think we are right on the issues. We are going to look at all of the opportunities that we have in the Senate to make Verizon an offer they can't refuse."

What does that mean, Don Corleone?

"That means they have got to know that if they don't treat Vermont fairly, we will do everything we can to try to stop this merger.

"That's what it means."

P.S. It's Tom Torti's birthday (53rd).

Happy birthday!

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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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