Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

October 30, 2012

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

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By contrast, Lyons seems focused on a narrow agenda of his own. He tried to cut all funding for our school nurses and school-based health services, and filed amendments to cancel funding for family planning and teen pregnancy prevention. He even supported getting rid of the buffer zones around family planning clinics-- put in place to protect patients. Lyons has put his agenda above the priorities of his constituents.

I'll be voting for the representative who works together with both sides to address the issues important to the town of Tewksbury, Barbara L'Italien. I urge my friends and neighbors to do the same.

Robert (Bob) Demers

River Road

Tewksbury



Lyons fearless; L'Italien an insider

Editor, Townsman:

Jim Lyons is just the kind of person we need representing our Merrimack Valley district. He represents change and reform in state government. He has worked diligently to increase our local aid and he has fought against the reckless spending of our hard-earned tax dollars. Lyons is fearless when standing up for the taxpayers, small business owners, and struggling working families of the 18th Essex District.

That's why the big city Democrat power-brokers are frantically spending so much money to hurt Lyons and his advocacy for local aid and responsible budgets. These power-brokers will do anything to defeat him and then bring back one of their own, Democrat insider Barbara L'Italien.

L'Italien followed along with the big city Democrat power-brokers to slash local aid and hike the sales tax by a whopping 25 percent. Clearly, L'Italien worked against her constituents in the Merrimack Valley. Our local communities were punished by L'Italien's local aid cuts, and our consumers and small businesses were hurt by her huge sales tax hike.

L'Italien was a willing ally of Speaker Sal DiMasi and Bob DeLeo. DiMasi and DeLeo misspent our tax resources on bailing out corruption by Lantigua and his allies at Lawrence City Hall, giving taxpayer-funded benefits to illegal aliens, and lavishing patronage on the scandal-ridden Probation Department. It's no surprise that L'Italien, herself, inherited a $100,000 per year patronage paycheck in the state bureaucracy. Now, she's coming back and demanding more.

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