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Common-Sense Values

Published Nov. 01, 2017

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Nationally, as we’re buffeted from one tweet-storm to the next, there’s perhaps no better time to turn to the responsibilities we have toward our local community. If your readers do nothing else on Tuesday, Nov. 7, I hope they’ll vote in our municipal elections.

For the first time we have local Green Party candidates on the ballot in Madison. My husband, Owen Charles, is running for Board of Finance, a position he held as a Democrat from 2007 to 2009. Michael Abbondandolo is running for the Board of Education.

Why should one feel comfortable voting for a Green candidate? Consider what they stand for: grassroots democracy, social justice, ecological wisdom, and nonviolence.

How does this translate into fulfilling the duties of serving in local government? It means putting our collective interests over personal gain and self-interest. It means looking out for the wellbeing of our children and parents—not just our own, but our entire community’s. It means taking care of all that is entrusted to us: our history, the land and waterways, and the relationships we share.

These are not abstract ideals, but common-sense values. As we embody them, both personally and by the example of our town leaders, we create the kind of community that will sustain us, no matter what might come our way.

Lynne Charles

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