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Opinion: McEathron lays out good priorities for the state

I’m encouraged to see the green “Calvin McEathron for Vermont House” signs sprouting up around Middlebury. You can be sure that each one of those signs represents an in-person visit from Calvin where the resident had the pleasure of discussing Vermont’s future with this impressive young man.
I would like to use this letter to briefly summarize why I will be voting for Calvin McEathron and not for his opponent Amy Sheldon.
Simply put, Calvin is focused on the day-to-day issues that Vermonters face, while Amy focus seems to be on broader issues that, while important, can easily distract our part-time citizen Legislature from working on the “nuts and bolts” of effectively running our state.
Specifically, Calvin clearly lays out his priorities: economic development with an understanding of the demographic challenges facing our small state; accountability and demanding a specific plan from the governor as to how single-payer health care will run and how it will be funded; property tax reform, and improvement to Vermont’s higher education system, including a very exciting idea to promote cooperation between Vermont’s state schools and employers in providing internships for college credit. I encourage you to visit his web page CalvinforMiddlebury.com and see for yourself.
Amy Sheldon’s focus? Per the Addison Independent, May 19 ( Amy doesn’t have a website, although she promised one in this May article): climate change, sustainability, and “getting beyond costs and how to pay for it (single-payer health care).” I will let those comments stand on their own.
Vermont needs vitality and a reason for our children to stay here. Calvin McEathron has a clear understanding of this. When he visited with me on my front stoop, I had the feeling I was speaking with a future governor or U.S. senator. Vote for Calvin McEathron.
Terry Eagan
Middlebury

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