Voices in the week's news: July 25, 2008

07/25/08 2:12PM By Patti Daniels
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In addition to campaign politics, the debate over Jessica's Law continued in Vermont this week -- a decision to hold a special legislative session on the issue was deadlocked. Vermont Yankee's maintenance problems fueled a debate over its relicensing. Bus fares went up and Elton John fans had the thrill of lifetime. These were some of the voices in the news this week:

Iraq war veteran running for Congress as a Progressive

(Progressive candidate Thomas Hermann) "What's the alternative, vote for a person that keeps voting to fund the war, not impeaching, following the Constitution? No, the answer to it is getting into the political career and engaging everyday citizens to support you."

Some prosecutors question "Jessica's Law"

(Addison County State's Attorney John Quinn) "We'll have more trials, we'll have more children being forced to testify in court, and we'll probably have more defendants walking away without any sanction, because the state's burden in any criminal case is to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, and then there's always the threat that the child won't be able to testify at all, or the family doesn't want the child to testify, and we'll lose those cases."

Tension rising over legislative review of Yankee

(Sen. Peter Shumlin) "And now we find out that the department told our appointees that they'd ask the NRC to let them into the plant for the very important work that's being done there this week. And now we find that they never asked the NRC to let them in, even though they told them they were making that request. So it's been a very, very disturbing development."

(Steve Wark, Department of Public Service) "What is clearly is a misunderstanding and a highly charged event is being distorted as if you don't do it our way, then you're lying to people."

CCTA plans to raise fares, cut service to counter rising fuel costs

(Karen Duguay, Chittenden County Transportation Authority) "While higher ridership is wonderful and we're thrilled that people are taking advantage of bus service and making responsible commuting decisions, the increased ridership doesn't really help meet the higher fuel costs at the rate that the fuel is increasing. And with higher ridership comes demand for increased service levels. So we specifically targeted some of the services that were underperforming with decreased ridership.''

Elton John concert is dream come true for St. Albans woman



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