Voices in the week's news: November 14, 2008

11/14/08 1:44PM
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The asbestos mine in Lowell and the governor's new appointments were two of the big stories this week. VPR also learned that Howard Dean will step down as chair of the Democratic national Committee and may seek a position in the Obama Administration. State lawmakers and the congressional delegation looked for ways to boost investment in transportation and deal with revenue shortfalls, hunting families prepared for the opening of rifle season - which begins on Saturday.

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

Dean won't stay on as DNC chairman

(DNC Chair Howard Dean) "I'm not going to answer the question specifically about that. I am going to be in touch with them about transitioning the DNC. But I'm not going to get into my discussions, if there are any, with the transition team.''

Support grows for suspension of transportation matching funds

(Sen. Bernie Sanders) "If we're serious about rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure, if we're serious about putting people to work in doing that, it makes no sense to delay these projects because states are running deficits now and don't have the money to put up their matching portions."

More state budget cuts possible

(Gov. Jim Douglas) "We need to continue to make adjustments as those revenue forecasts are changed and I think it's entirely likely that the Joint Fiscal committee will have to make some difficult decisions within a very short period of time."

Senate committee unveils new sexual assault law

(Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Sears) ``No one law will prevent family violence or violence against children. Thirty-four pieces of this bill altogether will go a long way to help us prevent violence against children."

Lowell residents concerned about asbestos exposure

(Lowell Selectboard member Alden Warner) "We told them it was used everywhere... People used them to backfill the springs, I mean a good many of the roads here in town were built from that stuff. ... The town used to use it, instead of using winter sand, that's what they used to put on the roads in the wintertime."

Hunters boost local businesses

(Dick Hill, an avid hunter from Chittenden) "If a family got into hunting, they would find that there is a family togetherness that lasts generations, not just a lifetime.... all the grandchildren will be here to start the hunting season, which begins at sunrise the next morning. It's a gathering and it's a celebration."

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