Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

October 30, 2012

MORE ON ELECTION: Letters submitted after deadline for Oct. 25 paper

The following letters about candidates on the Nov. 6 ballot were not submitted before deadline for the Oct. 25 Townsman:

Lyons' hard work delivered local aid

Editor, Townsman:

Our representative,
 Jim Lyons, has delivered on his promise to advocate for local aid. 
Thanks to his hard work, we have seen the local aid fund increase
by 7 percent. Prior to his election in 2010, the Beacon Hill
powerbrokers had been slashing the local aid budget in order to fund
their political priorities, such as patronage hiring and bailouts for
Lawrence City Hall.

Lyons is a
strong voice for local aid funding because he understands that our
most important services are provided through our local communities,
not through the bloated Beacon Hill bureaucracy. When we experience
a health or safety emergency, we depend on our fire and police
departments. When we are concerned about traffic or roads, we call
our local public works department. When we have young children, we
want them to receive a superior education through outstanding
teachers in our local school system. All of these vital services
benefit tremendously when Lyons fights for a greater share of
local aid from our precious tax dollars. 


Lyons knows
that the services that matter most to us are our local services. 
When we need help, we don’t call the Beacon Hill powerbrokers; we
call workers in our local community. That is why he promises to
remain a tireless voice for local aid for our communities. It’s
just one of the many reason we are supporting Jim Lyons for
representative.

Judy and Tom Norton

5 Sparta Way

L'Italien is true advocate for local aid; Lyons voted against budget

Editor, Townsman:

A lot of times we hear from candidates who want to "increase local aid.” In our local race for state representative, Jim Lyons' actions on Beacon Hill don't back up the claims he makes to his constituents back home.

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