Voices In The Week's News: Dec. 9, 2011
12/09/11 12:50PM Patti Daniels
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Senator Bernie Sanders fought against postal service layoffs, Governor Shumlin formed Team Kale, local contractors were kept busy with Irene repairs, Vermont health care reform hinged on a Supreme Court decision and State Senator Randy Brock announced that he will run for governor.
These were some of the voices in the news this week.Sanders Fights Postal Service Layoffs (12/5)
(Senator Bernie Sanders) "If you start cutting back and cutting back, if you start delaying mail service so that it takes 5 days to get a piece of mail from the postal box to its destination, you begin a death spiral."
(Governor Peter Shumlin) "'Team Kale' is a simple effort to raise money for Bo's defense fund. Don't mess with Vermont. Don't mess with Kale. And, Chick Fil-A, get out of the way because we are going to win this one."Irene Repairs Keep Local Contractors Busy (12/5)
(Rutland contractor Steve Wilk)"We had a very slow spring. Steady but slow. With this disaster that faced us - just brought us from steady busy to extremely busy. And we're going to be that way because we pushed work ‘til next year. Going forward we have a large backlog of work."Vt. Health Care Efforts Hinge On Supreme Court Decision (12/7)
(Cheryl Hanna, constitutional law professor at Vermont Law School) "If the Court were to strike down either part or all of the health care legislation it could really have significant consequences for the state of Vermont in its desire to move forward with single payer health care."
(State Senator Randy Brock) "History is not on my side. No incumbent governor has been defeated in Vermont in half a century. Well, all I can say is it's about time."