I live in the town of Montague, Massachusetts, which is comprised of five villages. Yesterday we held our annual town meeting in our local high school. Most of the all-day meeting was spent addressing our budget, which like in the majority of communities across the US is in a desperate state. All the while we struggled with the impossible task of how to fund our schools and meet the town's various basic needs, I had an image in my mind of our money literally flying across the world and pouring into Iraq, Halliburton no-bid contracts, and the building of the largest embassy in the world.
There were thirty articles on the warrant for our meeting, and one of the last was a non-binding resolution calling for the impeachment of Bush & Cheney. The Town Moderator initially was going to disallow a vote because he didn't think this fell under the scope of town meeting, but he had gotten too many phone calls prior to the meeting to ignore the issue. Although he didn't allow a debate on the article, he did allow a five-minute presentation by the petition's sponsor, and when it came up for the vote, the article passed. I was actually extremely surprised that it passed because of the number of older and somewhat conservative members of town meeting here. It was so gratifying to see the range of people who stood to be counted in favor of impeachment. After all of these dark years with this illegitimate Administration, it was extremely satisfying to have our town stand up for itself and the Constitution and say "WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH!"
Turners Falls, MA
Jun 3 2007 - 8:05am