In three days, on Monday, Oct. 22, at the Ayer fall Town Meeting, history will be made. The town meeting voters who show up will forever decide three articles (Articles 2, 3 and 4) as to whether the people will keep the right to vote for their treasurer and tax collector or give that right to the Ayer Board of Selectmen to pick for them, which is the selectmen's goal. Town meeting voters will make this choice in historically difficult times. While distant problems in Washington and Beacon Hill are often beyond our ability to have an effective voice and vote, our voice and vote can be heard loud and clear, if we wish it to be, for the problems and issues that are uniquely Ayer's.
The issue that is uniquely Ayer's at this fall town meeting is clear: Whether Ayer voters should retain their right to elect Ayer's Treasurer and Tax Collector.
In America, one of the most fundamental rights of government is one man, one vote. That right gives every citizen the opportunity to vote freely for every electoral issue regarding how their government works and who makes the choice as to how their government works.
If you believe, as I do, that the people are the source of all governmental power and that it is the people's vote that gives government its power, then you must be at the fall town meeting on Monday, Oct. 22, to vote No on Articles 2, 3 and 4.
The time to act is right now. Ayer fall Town Meeting is Monday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. at the
You can win, but you must be there. Keep the right to vote for who you want. Please vote No on Articles 2, 3 and 4. Elect your Treasurer and Tax Collector. And tell the Ayer Board of Selectmen that these articles only needed to be asked once, not three times in five months. Don't let the Ayer Board of Selectmen pick who they want.