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
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
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.