---- — To the editor:
Our representative, Jim Lyons, has delivered on his promise to advocate for local aid. Thanks to Jim’s hard work, we have seen the local aid fund increase by 7 percent. Prior to Jim’s 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.
Jim Lyons is a strong voice for local-aid funding because Jim 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 Jim Lyons fights for a greater share of local aid from our precious tax dollars.
Jim 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 Jim 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 state representative in the 18th Essex District.
Judy and Tom Norton