Voices In The Week's News: May 30, 2014
This week, Vermont’s congressional delegation spoke out in favor of net neutrality. The governor signed a law creating universal pre-K education programs in Vermont. The health commissioner reiterated his stance against long-term antibiotics for chronic Lyme Disease. Accountable Care Organizations explained their approach to cutting health care costs. Burlington came out to support the annual Vermont City Marathon. And in the Northeast Kingdom town of Elmore, the general store made a case for being a community gathering point.
Delegation To FCC: Protect Net Neutrality
(Congressman Peter Welch) “If you basically have a 'fast lane' that folks with deep pockets to have access to and a 'slow lane' for everybody else, then the opportunity for innovation is really going to be foreclosed.”
Universal Pre-K Becomes Law In Vermont
(School Boards Association Executive Director Steve Dale) “It’s not really acceptable that children in certain portions of our community or in communities that don’t provide full access, to deny those kids full access to that pre-K experience.”
From Ticks To Toxics: Interview With Health Commissioner Harry Chen
(Health Commissioner Harry Chen) “I have to rely on the science. It’s important for me to listen, it’s important for me to acknowledge that these are very real problems to these patients. But I think it’s also important for me to acknowledge that the science doesn’t support long-term antibiotic treatment.”
Accountable Care Organizations: What Are They And How Do They Work?
(Dr. Paul Reiss) "If we can keep her home from being hospitalized and then being transitioned to a nursing home for a few weeks or months until she can get back home, if we can prevent that by keeping her healthier at home then that’s what really saves the system money and it’s much better for the patients.”
Burlington Out In Full Force For Vermont City Marathon
(Burlington resident Judy Flanagan) “I just am amazed, I keep saying that. My husband’s like, ‘ok we heard you.’ 26.2 miles. I just…I can’t even fathom running that much.”
In Elmore, A General Store Evolves
(Preservation Trust of Vermont Executive Director Paul Bruhn) "There’s your home and there’s your place of work, and then there’s the place where you really participate in community. That’s why all of these places are so important to their community.”