by Peter Freyne
Went downtown this Saturday afternoon - the coffee & newspapers run - and the heart of the largest city in the state of Vermont, the smallest "largest" city of any state in the United States, was positively jumping with homo sapiens. Blazing sun more than made up for the still chilly temps.
Having the University of Vermont four blocks from the Church Street Marketplace doesn't hurt, but I met folks from way out-state, like the ladies from Brownsville, Vermont in the photo with Bernie Sanders, or Joe from Enosburg Falls who comes to the Big City to work on his websites via laptop at Uncommon Grounds (which just started providing online access for customers).
Actually, I go there to get away from the keyboard & mouse at home and put newsprint between my fingers and conversation between my lips, as do a few others.
[Five minutes into the NBC Nightly News, the anchorman just announced Vermont's other U.S. Senator - Patrick J. Leahy - will be on Meet the Press Sunday morning.}
United States Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) went there today to meet up with the dude who succeeded him as Mayor of Burlington, Vermont way back in 1989 - Peter Clavelle.
Ol' Mayor Moonie has not enjoyed similar post-mayoral electoral success, losing the 2004 gubernatorial race to Vermont's Republican "master of the message" - Jim Douglas. Peter's out of the politics game for now, at least candidate-wise.
Came away from our chat with an upbeat U.S. Senator with the clear impression he's getting into the energy issue big-time as a member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
I know, if you live long enough, you see it all - Bernie Sanders turns energy-efficient tree-hugger!
Hey, it's all about the cost of energy...and the amazing potential for innovation and invention on the technology front.
When's someone going to invent a light bulb that lasts for 10, 15 or 20 years?
How many power plants would not have to be built?
Dozens and dozens.
Money makes the world go 'round,
the world go 'round,
the world go 'round......