Voices In The Week’s News: September 16, 2011

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Governor Peter Shumlin announced the members of the state’s new Health Board, oral arguments were heard in Entergy’s lawsuit against Vermont, Tropical Storm Irene fundraising and re-building efforts took place around the state and Route 4 re-opened in Killington and Mendon.

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

Shumlin Appoints Top Health Aide To New Board (9/13/11)

(Governor Peter Shumlin) "I have tremendous confidence in their ability to design the first sensible health care system for America and the first sensible health care system for Vermont where we use our health care dollars to make us healthy."

Oral Arguments To End Today In Vermont Yankee Trial (9/14/11)

(Guy Page, Vermont Energy Partnership) "The core concern does seem to be radiological safety. I don’t think the raging grannies when they chain themselves to the front gate of Vermont Yankee are doing it over reliability and energy diversity."

Vermont Schools Re-Open Following Floods (9/14/11)

(Barstow Elementary School Principal Karen Prescott) "Families have been taking in other families. We have teachers that live quite a distance, where strangers are offering their homes so people don’t have to travel hours and hours to get to work."

Irene Fundraising Efforts Spring Up Across State (9/12/11)

Stuart Comstock Gay, director, Vermont Community Foundation) "For many people they say look I really care about Rochester or Waterbury or Chester or you name the town I want to support that particular place or I want to help rebuild Vermont’s covered bridges or I want support artists and there are funds really addressing any one of those things if anybody really wants to have a focused gift."

In A Major Milestone, Route 4 Reopens in Killington, Mendon (9/15/11)

(John Casella, CEO of Casella Waste Management) "The beauty of what’s happened here is this whole community has come together and you have 5 construction companies, the AOT, national guard – everyone has come together and that’s the reason why we’ve been able to achieve what we’ve been able to achieve. This happened because guys were working 24 hours a day to get this done. You have to take your hat off to Vermonters because we roared back. "

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