Heard Around the Nation 12

A word about this regular section: It contains only outrageous, outlandish, and disturbing pontification. Any sensible, progressive, or intelligent statement will be instantly punted into cyberspace. A few pearls from Dick Mercure in the June 22, 2006 Burlington (VT) Free Press: “The definition of wilderness by the National Forest and Parks Department [there is no such entity] means ‘lockout.’ The Vermont Wilderness Act of 2006 (S.2565) that was recently introduced in the United States Senate by Senators James Jeffords and Patrick Leahy will lock Vermonters out of 20 square miles for state forest…. Bird watchers, fishermen, hunters, leaf peepers, snowmobilers, mountain bikers or any citizen will have to walk in from the hardtop.”