Voices In The Week’s News: October 28, 2011

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Vermont conducted a state-wide campaign to clean up after the effects of Tropical Storm Irene, the Attorney General’s office received a large number of fraud complaints, the Bennington teachers’ strike continued into its second week, the new Sheffield wind farm officially opened, while the governor’s push for wind development was debated.

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

Shumlin Calls First-ever Vermont Clean Up Day A Success (10/24) 

(House Speaker Shap Smith)  "And it just, I think, emphasizes what an incredible sense of community there is in Vermont and how people are willing to pitch in and help each other get through what is a really difficult time."

Vermonters Report 1,200 Fraud Complaints (10/24)

Jason Duquette-Hoffman, of the Vermont Attorney General’s Consumer Assistance Program) "The calls are designed to sound very much like your credit card company. They essentially offer to review your accounts and determine whether or not they can provide you with lower interest rates. But to do that they require you to provide your credit card numbers. And when you do that, they then proceed to draw large sums of money on the credit card that you’ve provided them."

Some In Bennington Frustrated By Strike (10/26) 

(Darren Allen, Vermont chapter of the National Education Association) "Had they all along negotiated with the teachers  from the base from which they last agreed, these people would not be on strike, because they’ve always said, we are willing to talk about salary, we are willing to talk about  health care the school day – but not based on your unilateral decision of where that’s going to start."

Officials Celebrate New Sheffield Wind Farm (10/26)

(Governor Peter Shumlin) "Climate change is the biggest threat to our children’s and our grandchildren’s future. And we in Vermont must lead, get off our addiction to oil, harness the wind, and the sun, and the woods, and our fields. And this project is an example of how to do it right."

Push For Wind Development Draws More Debate (10/27) 

(Green Mountain executive director Will Wiquist) "Some of these most sensitive high elevation lands, anything really close to the Long Trail, we really wouldn’t want anything developed there. That’s sort of the point of the conservation efforts we’ve been leading for 20 years and really have gotten great support from the state on, including this administration."

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