Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 30, 2012

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


In 1993 Dr. David Gunn was murdered outside a Pensacola clinic. That same year, Dr. George Tiller was shot multiple times outside a Kansas clinic. In 1996, Dr. Calvin Jackson was assaulted and savagely stabbed outside a clinic.

In 1994 Massachusetts experienced one of the worst attacks when John Salvi opened fire on two clinics in Brookline, killing two young ladies and wounding many others. Following the savagery in Brookline, Salvi was arrested in Virginia after attacking a third Planned Parenthood Clinic.

All of us, pro-choice, pro-life alike, should want to see patients and employees of medical facilities kept safe. Defending Rep. Lyons by denying past instances of violence, is not the best way to support pro-life principles. A vote for Lyons is a vote to condone and encourage harassment of women seeking to obtain routine women's health care and counseling.

Chas Bicking

River Road

Small business owner Lyons opposes free-spending ways

Editor, Townsman:

During these very challenging economic
times, it is vital that our elected officials spend each tax dollar
as if it were their own and as if it were their last. We cannot return
to the old, free spending ways on Beacon Hill.

Rep. Jim Lyons is a taxpayer
and a small business owner. He understands what it means to meet
payroll and understands the pressure placed on all of us by
unmitigated state regulations. 

He feels our pain when collecting the
6.25 percent sales tax as if 5 percent wasn’t enough. 

He feels our pain when we watch
patronage jobs awarded. 

He feels our pain when ludicrous
decisions are made to fund procedures in our state prisons. 

The difference with Lyons is that he
speaks up and addresses issues head on. We need to return this man
of action to the State House to protect our interests and to move the
economy forward.

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