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Thursday, December 04, 2003


Vermont's 7 Days Columnist Peter Freyne Always Calls It As He Sees It: The Vermont Way.

posted by Heath at Thursday, December 04, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
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Since we're on the subject, meet Peter Freyne! He's a real institution in Vermont as a journalist who has called it as he see's it for 20+ years in Vermont. As a columnist for Vermont's only real alternative weekly, 7 Days, he's not constrained by corporate borders or the kind of cubicle that can tempt one to write it without stepping out to talk to the people.

Freyne is a regular guest on Vermont's TV talk shows and in the government institutions where deal making is open to the public. He's the kind of person who keeps Vermont independent: much to the chagrin of the Republican front here that wants to trade the reason we're a tourist state for more manufacturing and logging jobs! He the one who coins the nicknames for our leaders!

Here's a video clip from Freyne after Dean's Campaign Finance Reform announcement (11-8-03) that you made the decision on with an 85% majority. He's got some good calming perspective about these desperate attacks. Thank GOD the twisted focus is coming from the leaders of the opposition now instead of the competition!

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Video and pictures are from the archives as a part of the preservation of Dean's (our) historic movement.


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