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Tone shift in e-mails on Bush arrest warrant

/ Source: The Associated Press

The tone has changed in e-mails this Vermont town has been receiving on its proposal to issue warrants for the arrests of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. Now, more people are supporting the resolution.

Brattleboro's town offices have been flooded with 7,000 e-mails since its selectboard voted Jan. 25 to include the item on its Town Meeting Day agenda.

Some of the earliest messages received were so full of vitriol that town officials said they were worried for their safety. Some writers called Brattleboro a bastion of "liberal appeaser wimps" and "wackjobs" for even considering the warrants.

Town Manager Barbara Sondag said any threatening e-mails are passed along to the police, although she said Tuesday that the nasty messages have subsided, replaced by ones supportive of the resolution.

Sondag's office is reviewing every e-mail received and the issue is taking up 60 percent of her workers' time.