Voices In The Week’s News: March 5, 2010

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Senator Bernie Sanders continued to push for health care reform, Entergy’s reputation suffered nationally, Burlington voters repealed Instant Runoff Voting and it was Town Meeting Day in Vermont.

These were some of the voices in the news this week:






Sanders Defends Use Of Budget Reconciliation (3/4)

(Senator Bernie Sanders) "I think it is extremely unfair that at a time when this Congress bailed out Wall Street, when you have folks here who have given tax breaks to billionaires, to say ‘well, we’re sorry we can’t afford to take care of some of the most vulnerable people in our society."

Troubles At Yankee Affecting Industry Elsewhere (3/4)

(New York utility commissioner Robert Curry) "It seems to be sort of a question of what did you know and when did you know it? And that’s a question addressed to Entergy. We should carefully look and investigate the management integrity issue as it’s playing out in Vermont."

Burlington Voters Repeal Instant Runoff Voting (3/3)

(Kurt Wright) "It’s a clear resounding message that people don’t want IRV and also a clear rebuke to kiss administration as well."

Town Meeting Continues To Thrive In West Windsor (3/2)

(West Windsor town moderator Matt Birmingham) "We had some great discussions today, we had some great information today and it’s just the way it should be. It’s as grass roots democratic as it can be."


Voters In Jamaica Complain About State, Federal Interference (3/3)

(Tom Morris, Jamaica) "Because there’s free money coming from the state, which we pay to the state anyway, we’re going to spend 25,000 from our town budget. To pave a road that doesn’t need paving."

Forty Towns Increase Property Tax Breaks For Veterans (3/4)

(Moretown Town Moderator Steve Magill) "So the article is that the people of Moretown support providing our disabled veterans the maximum amount of tax relief allowed by state law. All in favor indicate by saying aye?" (Crowd) "Aye!" (Magill) "All opposed, nay. The ayes appear to have it. The ayes do have it."

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