Opinion: Donahue a wise choice for House

I am writing in support of Donna Donahue for Middlebury representative to Montpelier. I have listened to Donna and I come away with a respect for someone who recognizes that the issues are not simple nor are there simple answers.
Donna supports single-payer healthcare. She is also very concerned about reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and assuring our water systems are plentiful and safe. She considers energy conservation programs developed for the average citizen for affordable, cleaner, more efficient energy alternatives, to be an important priority. Job training and job creation are one of her big goals to help create a sustainable economy. Assessing and addressing the goals and costs of K-12 education and post-secondary education must be responsible and realistic. It is an investment in our future.
At the same time, Donna also sees that property taxes are really hurting average Vermonters and we need to honestly assess how we raise this money and how we spend it. Difficult decisions need to be made by very thoughtful people and Donna is all of that.
Donna is aware that we need to have a framework for a sustainable economy that balances our needs and assets and she is willing to put in the necessary time and energy to help plan for the future and work toward reasonable and affordable solutions. For me, someone with a pragmatic approach to decision making is the most important attribute for a legislator and Donna has that approach.
I urge you to vote for Donna Donahue in the August primary for Middlebury representative. She will be a hard-working, responsible representative.
Nancy Malcolm

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