by Peter Freyne
The unionized Verizon workers' protest on the waterfront against the company's proposed sale to FairPoint Communications Inc. got the media attention in Vermont's media capital of Burlington on Saturday.
But here's a shot of the political demonstration that didn't get press coverage. About 70 folks participated plus one pro-Bush Middle East Policy protester who trailed along at the end protesting the protest. They rallied on the top block of the Church Street Marketplace and marched a loop through downtown Burlap, including right past the front door of the state's largest newspaper. Maybe next time, they could try entering the building?
Organizers of Vermont's "Impeach Bush" movement also partook, including South Burlington Attorney James Marc Leas [right], speaking to the bunch. Even when Iraq cools down, he said, the region will remain a hot spot until Israel treats the Palestinians the way it would like to be treated.
We're told two-thirds of our congressional delegation - U.S. Sen. Patrick J. Leahy and U.S. Rep. Peter Welch returned from their recess-week Middle East fact-finding tour Saturday. St. Patrick stayed down in Washington, but we're told Peter came all the way back to the land of no billboards.
They did a conference call with interested reporters last Wednesday, but have not been running for the microphones since getting back.
Very touch subject, eh?
And, don't know about you, but I'm a Bob Schieffer fan. Always try to catch his commentaries at the end of Face the Nation. Great one this morning:
Is it me or have we just come through one of the weirdest weeks ever?
For the record, it was the week a U.S. Government border guard ignored a worldwide warning to detain that guy with possibly contagious TB and instead waved him through security "because he didn't look sick."
With all the talk about improving border security maybe we should start by instructing government employees to read the directions.
It was the week that Barack Obama launched his religious outreach web site and we learned that he not only embodies Judeo-Christian values but also "the basic ideals and values of most Hindus."
Glad to hear it, but was that an issue? More.
And be sure to catch the two profiles in the Sunday Rutland Herald/Times Argus.
One on Vermont's First Lady - Dorothy Douglas by TA Editor Sue Allen. Amazing Sweet Sue was able to get her to open up about intimate details of the sexual hanky-panky at the National Governors' Association gatherings.
The other on Dan DeWalt, the Newfane woodworker, musician and selectman who got the "Impeach Bush" train moving back in 2006. Dan Barlow is the writer.
Finally, I've never been a Michael Kinsley fan, the old "...and from the Left" Guy on CNN's Crossfire, but he hit the bullseye Saturday in his latest forTime Magazine:
When this president first ran for national office, he campaigned on a platform of criticizing his predecessor for engaging in military action (in Kosovo and Somalia) without an exit strategy. He mocked the notion of trying to establish democracy in distant lands. He denounced the use of American soldiers for "nation-building." In 2000, if you were looking for a way to express your disapproval of the policies and prejudices that later got us into Iraq, your obvious answer would have been to vote for George W. Bush.
Check and mate.