- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 27, 2005

Not tree-huggers

Inside the Beltway readers from Pueblo, Colo., to Thermopolis, Wyo., are weighing in on yesterday’s column item accusing Vice President Dick Cheney (as if he doesn’t have more serious accusations to worry about this week) of referring to environmentalists when he said “greenies” were flocking to his home state because the fishing is better in Wyoming than in Colorado.

“I suspect that Mr. Cheney’s comment about ‘greenies’ refers not to environmentalists, but to people from Colorado whose license plates have green mountain outlines. As you surmise, it is not a term of endearment,” writes Dr. Sara Hartsaw of Gillette, Wyo.

Lance Williamson, of Shur-Sales & Marketing in Englewood, Colo., agrees, “People in Wyoming call Colorado natives ‘greenies’ because of their green license plates, especially when they see their trucks parked along fishing streams.”

Steven D. Smith, of Northern Border Partners LP, writes: “Wyomingites have a love/hate relationship with Coloradans, much as Coloradans do with Texans and Californians. Both are manifestations of feelings of inferiority.”

Talk about growth

A 20th-anniversary celebration is under way today on L Street in Northwest, where communications giant Fleishman-Hillard D.C. has gone from a 1985 team of five — handpicked by Chief Executive Officer John Graham — to a staff of 170 that handles more than 220 clients.

The public affairs, corporate communications and consumer marketing firm has a board that includes such luminaries as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Clinton White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, former Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Louis Sullivan, former Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor, former California Gov. Pete Wilson and retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey.

“I always felt the D.C. office would be a very strong, international presence,” Mr. Graham says. “However, I am most proud of the fact that this office has continued to add great people, who are truly passionate about this business.”

Gift of myrrh

Get ready, American Civil Liberties Union, Christians are being asked this Christmas season to flood their yards and business places with Nativity scenes.

Charles Nestor, director of the Truth Matters’ project “Operation Nativity,” says it’s not even Halloween yet and “already the forces are aligning to prohibit the public celebration of the birth of Jesus.”

“December 25 is the day in our culture that is set aside to acknowledge and to celebrate that Jesus of Nazareth was born,” he says. “Think with me what could happen if on lawns in every community, on business property, on church lawns, at Christian schools, on empty land and literally everywhere you looked, there was the depiction of the scene that recognizes the birth of Jesus.”

More Moore

OK, David Horowitz, former radical-turned-conservative co-founder of the Center for the Study of the Popular Culture, tell our reporting friend Marc Morano of Cybercast News Service, how do you really feel about Iraq war protester Cindy Sheehan.

“Who cares what Cindy Sheehan thinks? The only thing she has done in her life is given birth to a heroic young man who she has, in word and deed, disowned,” he responds, referring to Mrs. Sheehan’s son, Casey, who was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004.

As Mr. Morano notes, Mrs. Sheehan had been anxiously waiting for the 2,000th American to be killed in Iraq, and when that happened Tuesday, she resumed her protest in front of the White House.

“She will do anything to get publicity,” Mr. Horowitz notes, observing that “Cindy Sheehan has been blown off the public map by [Hurricane] Katrina and [Hurricane] Wilma.”

When she does find a microphone to speak into, he adds, she has “nothing interesting to say, except to parrot lines written by [left-wing filmmaker] Michael Moore and [former U.S. Attorney General] Ramsey Clark.”

John McCaslin, whose column is nationally syndicated, can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com.

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