This week is town meeting. Your legislators are home (we imagine) taking a breather from the Zoom-centric legislative session, which leadership has said will continue for the rest of this session.
Invite your senators and representatives to your informational meeting and urge them to say a few words to the voters. This may be one of the only opportunities for voters to hear from the people who represent them in the State House, both virtual and brick-and-mortar.
For some of you, the 2/26/21 edition of our weekly report will be the last you will receive as an elected local official. Some of you are choosing to retire, while the voters may decide to retire others of you. The board of directors and staff of VLCT want to thank you for your service to your community and to Vermont local governance, especially during this incredibly difficult past year. Our system of government demands a tremendous amount of our volunteer and appointed officials. Occasions arise when we ask ourselves whether our service and contributions are worth the time and sacrifice. Winston’s Churchill’s words, “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried,” never rings truer than at those moments.
We have said many times that local government is the level of government closest to the people. Indeed, “they are the people. Local government workers – police, firefighters, teachers, sanitation workers, EMTs, social workers, clerks – are us, our family, friends and neighbors.” [Bob Melville, Civic Way]
Without your service, doggedness in the face of adversity, and devotion, we would not have had the choice of democracy or responsive local government.
Enjoy. Relax. Refresh. When the spirit moves you again, you know how to be part of the solution and not more of the problem. There’s always room in local government for dedicated people to serve.
If you just want to keep in touch with us, remember that you can view this report every Friday afternoon throughout the legislative session at our website, www.vlct.org. There’s lots of other good stuff up there, too.
We wish everyone the best of luck for a successful, participatory, and orderly town meeting!