If it were up to me, awards would be given to the hundreds of line persons who demonstrated their commitment, dedication, and courage during the recent record-setting snowstorm that closed Southern Vermont.
There have been some problems among sheriffs lately. But this bill goes way too far in trying to apply a legislative sledge hammer to what is primarily a human problem. What it does do is demonstrate a profound hostility toward sheriffs on the part of a few senators.
The extreme imbalance in the Legislature has led the entire caucus of Democrats reaching further and further away for the central functions of government to pursue novelty when what Vermonters truly want is reliability in these uncertain times.
Communities near proposed telecommunications facilities may get to have more involvement in the siting process through a bill in the House Committee on Energy and Environment.