"This is a true win-win for the people of California and our planet."
Isabelle Boemeke of the group Save Clean Energy, commenting on legislation approved by California lawmakers to extend the life of the state's last-operating nuclear power plant. (NPR — Sept 2, 2022)
Beatrice Gilmore, who lives in Jackson, Miss., when asked what she would do when she and her sister received a case of water on Wednesday. Historic rain and flooding led to a drop in pressure at Jackson's main water-treatment plant Monday. That has left people with just a trickle of water — Gilmore says hers is "brownish" — or none at all. (NPR — Sept. 1, 2022)
Srivan Krishna, regarding the Carroll school district’s decision to reject two signs that stated “In God We Trust,” with one sign’s text displayed over a rainbow background and the other’s text in Arabic, claiming that it already had enough signs for its buildings. Krishna was testing the Southlake, Texas, school district and the recently adopted Texas law that requires public schools to display a poster bearing the U.S. motto, “In God We Trust”; the law requires that the posters include both the state and U.S. flags and that the schools do not pay for them. (NPR — Aug. 31, 2022)
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett, regarding the growing number of counties across the state that have found poliovirus in its wastewater, suggesting that the virus is spreading. All three of the counties that have found evidence of poliovirus have low vaccination rates, with some ZIP codes in Rockland County having vaccination rates as low as 37 percent. (Ars Technica — Aug. 29, 2022)
Christopher Gilmore, principal of Westwood High School in Mesa, Ariz., commenting on the shortage of math teachers as the school year begins. According to one national survey by Education Week, nearly three-fourths of principals and district officials said this summer that the number of teaching applicants was not enough to fill their open positions. Other surveys released this year have suggested that parents are deeply concerned about staffing and that many more teachers are eyeing the exits. (The New York Times, Aug. 30, 2022)