Voices In The Week’s News: September 23, 2011

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Vermont’s congressional delegation praised the President’s jobs plan, the state approved budgets for the community hospitals, Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott’s stock car promoted Vermont, libraries served as community hubs and farms began returning to their normal operations.

These were some of the voices in the news this week

Delegation Praises Obama Plan, Doubts Its Passage (9/19/11)

(Senator Patrick Leahy) "I think he is very much on the right track. I remember when Bill Clinton did something similar to this we ended up balancing the budget, creating a huge surplus, creating millions of jobs, and the irony is even though they pay slightly more taxes, the multi-millionaires and the big corporations made a lot more money because the economy grew a lot more."

Community Hospitals Show ‘Remarkably Good Performance’ (9/19/11) 

(BISHCA Commissioner Steve Kimbell) "This was a remarkably good performance by our community hospitals in Vermont. They listened to what the Legislature had to say. They worked at it. And, aside from new taxes that they had no control over, they came in under the target."

Lt. Governor Helps Promote Vermont With His Race Car (9/21/11)

(Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott) "As other people are doing throughout the state, maybe we should make lemonade out of lemons and see what we can do about promoting the state."

Flood-Damaged Libraries Emerge As Response Hubs (9/19/11) 

(Martha Reid, State Librarian of Vermont) "In many towns, I’m getting reports of folks coming to the library just to make connections. They need someone to talk with. They’re meeting their neighbors. They’re sharing stories. They’re using the internet to connect with the larger world. Get out to friends and family."

Dairy Farmers Trying To Return To Normal Operation (9/19/11) 

(Beth Kennett, Liberty Hill Farm) "Josh Oliver, the truck driver, deserves a medal, as far as I’m concerned. He had to find a very small milk truck and came up over Camp Brook Road in Bethel, which doesn’t really exist anymore, driving over the river bed.  He came at 2:30 in the morning. He needed to come when there was nobody else on the road at all."

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