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Letters to the Editor

May 07, 2010

Candidate fights for a better tomorrow



To the editor:

I wanted to share with my neighbors and friends of Smithsburg the reason why I am running for a town council position in the May 11 election. Having resided in this area for six years, I have had a wonderful opportunity to meet many friends and neighbors. Most know of the tragic loss of my son in October 2008, and the support and assistance I received and continue to receive has been extremely appreciated. I cannot thank this community enough for all they continue to do in my life to this day.

In February 2009, I started a nonprofit organization that I continue to support in an endeavor to raise funds so that we may see a community center established in our town for our youth. This project is one that I began with my own funds and desire and I have heard from many with support and those who continue to come out and show their desire to assist in any way they can to see this important vision become reality.

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In March, I went to Annapolis and testified in front of our local delegates and sent testimonies from myself and others to both the delegates and the senators to have them create a law that would require all school systems in Maryland to print the Youth Crisis hot line number on the back of their ID cards. Our school systems can tell our children about drugs, pregnancy, sex, alcohol and smoking, but give them nothing to hold onto to let them know there is someone in this state and county who cares about them and is here to listen and help them in any way we can. This legislation will be signed into law this month.

I am here, I will be the voice that people need to represent them, I will continue to look after all of our rights and I will review every aspect that affects the community. This is my promise and my conviction. I am doing this so that all of those who have reached out to me with real estate questions, concerns for our community, and in the past year, questions on depression in our families, I will be here still, fighting for a better tomorrow for all of them. A tomorrow that they have supported me in and raised me up to have.

Lisa Linthicum
Smithsburg




Candidate wants to leave footprint on future



To the editor:

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the residents of Smithsburg who will be casting votes in the upcoming town election on Tuesday.

I have been a Smithsburg resident for three years and I enjoy the small-town atmosphere that Smithsburg has to offer me and my fiance, Jocelyn. It is Smithsburg's small-town charm that inspired me to serve my community and look for opportunities to leave my footprint on Smithsburg's future.

If elected to council, I will bring fresh ideas and thoughtful perspectives to our town's government. I will have no agenda other than bringing the issues that concern our citizens to the forefront and working efficiently to resolve them. I believe that the town needs a well-managed growth plan that includes downtown revitalization with a commitment to economic development for our local businesses. In these tough economic times, we need a council to make the smart decisions for our town and to ensure its long-term stability and prosperity.

If the people of Smithsburg grant me the opportunity to serve them, I will spend every day working to improve our community, promoting open dialogue with our residents and bringing a practical approach to solving our town's issues.

Tyler Lushbaugh
Smithsburg

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