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August 17, 2005

A little more neighborly

Not all of Bush’s neighbors are hostile:

CRAWFORD, Texas (AP) - One of President Bush’s neighbors will allow use of his land by dozens of war protesters who have camped in roadside ditches the past 11 days, giving them more room and halving their distance from Bush’s ranch.
Fred Mattlage, an Army veteran, said he sympathizes with the demonstrators whose makeshift camp off the winding, two-lane road leading to Bush’s ranch has angered most residents. Mattlage said the group will be safer on his corner 1-acre lot.
“I just think people should have a right to protest without being harassed,” Mattlage told The Associated Press on Tuesday night. “And I’m against the war. I don’t think it’s a war we need to be in.”
Cindy Sheehan of Vacaville, Calif., started the vigil Aug. 6 to honor her son Casey, who was killed in Iraq last year. Sheehan has vowed to remain through Bush’s monthlong ranch visit unless he meets with her and other grieving families.

It gets better:

Larry Mattlage, a distant cousin of Mattlage’s who owns nearby land, fired a shotgun twice into the air Sunday but no one was injured. But Fred Mattlage does not share his cousin’s frustrations with the group.

No kidding. Definitely the story of the day.

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