Voices In The Week's News: January 14, 2011

01/14/11 12:50PM Ric Cengeri
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Adjutant General Michael Dubie
Many Vermont soldiers returned from Afghanistan without jobs, Shap Smith called the results of Challenges for Change "mixed," Peter Welch called for political civility, while Bernie Sanders responded to criticism over a fundraising letter and travel plans had to be altered as heavy snow dumped on the state.

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

Gen. Dubie Says Up To 30 Percent Of Afghan Vets Are Jobless (1/11)

(Adjutant General Michael Dubie) "We're thinking around 30 percent are unemployed. And they may be unemployed for a variety of different reasons. Some people gave up their job because they went on duty two years in advance to help us get ready or whatever. Some of the people lost their jobs because a company went out of business while they were gone, or their job went away."

Smith Says "Challenges" Produced Mixed Results (1/12)

(House Speaker Shap Smith) "There's a tendency to push things from the top down. And I think to some degree that happened. Where we were successful, it tended to be where we were working in partnership with other people."

Welch Says Shootings Highlight Toxic Political Atmosphere (1/10)

(Congressman Peter Welch) "I think that Vermont does have an enormous amount to offer to the rest of the country about the way Vermonters go about their political debate. Vermonters are extremely passionate about issues but civility matters and Vermonters understand that."

Sanders Responds Criticism Over Fundraising Letter (1/13)

(Senator Bernie Sanders) "I think if anybody reads the email and I would encourage them to do so, they will find out that this is not trying to raise money on the tragedy in Arizona.  That's just not true."

Up To 30 Inches Of Snow Possible In Southeast Vermont (1/12)

(Kelly Colling, Burlington International Airport) "Right now it is snowing here at the airport. And we're working hard to keep the runways clear. We are open. You should check with your specific airline about specific flights.  There have been cancellations to Newark, JFK and La Guardia but you should check with your airline for your specific flight."

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