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Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Year of Low Expectations?

Posted By on Tue, Jan 8, 2008 at 9:58 AM

The elected people's representatives from every corner of Vermont get down to business today under Montpeculiar's Golden Dome. It's Year II of the biennium.

Whoopee!

The first year was noted for all it did not achieve, for the impasse between our Republican governor and Democratic Legislature. For the vetoes that were sustained. For the lack of communication.

The second half kicks off with the real meat-and-potatoes issues being voiced loudest by folks outside the building - regular Vermonters.

With every passing day, more people get fed up with our healthcare system. Both people experiencing it as patients and people administering it as doctors and nurses.

Let's get real.

And after almost 40 years of building more courts and more prisons, more and more gray-haired folks, including prosecutors and cops, are willing to acknowledge the absurdity of our illegal-drug policy. It's costing us a fortune and creating more crime while doing nothing to reduce drug abuse.

If there was one bill you could sponsor AND get passed by the Legislature and signed into law this year by the Guv, what would it be?

C'mon.

Seriously....



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Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne

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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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