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Councilor Criticizes Lantigua for Racist Policy

Councilor Criticizes Lantigua for Racist Policy

Lawrence Councilor LaPlante says mayor wrong for only putting city job postings in Spanish Language newspapers   By: Tom Duggan, February 2, 2010  Lawrence City Councilor Marc LaPlante took Mayor Willie Lantigua…

Who Will Lead Lawrence? An Evaluation of the two Candidates for Mayor in 2009

Who Will Lead Lawrence? An Evaluation of the two Candidates for Mayor in 2009

By: Tom Duggan – October, 2009 ELECTION EDITION Lawrence Mayor Michael Sullivan is finishing his final term because the city charter limits the mayor’s job to two, four year terms.…

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX ~ Welcome to the Latest Government SNAFU

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX ~ Welcome to the Latest Government SNAFU

The Cause, The Cure, and The Obstacles to Recovery Part I By: Charles Ormsby – May, 2009  TANSTAAFL: “There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch!” – Anonymous When…

An Exclusive Interview with Superintendent Wilfredo Laboy

An Exclusive Interview with Superintendent Wilfredo Laboy

  By: Tom Duggan, May, 2009 Lawrence School Superintendent Wilfredo Laboy granted an exclusive interview with The Valley Patriot where he discussed for the first time to anyone, the details…

Former North Andover’s Acting Superintendent Gave Himself Illegal Raise of $4,484 Raise

VALLEY PATRIOT EXCLUSIVE!   By: Tom Duggan – January, 2008   The North Andover School Committee is suing their former acting Superintendent Richard Bergeron for illegally giving himself a $4,484.34…

City Council Must Stop Playing Games and Follow the Law (opinion)

PLANNING FOR YOUR FUTURE By: Michael Sweeney (December, 2007) Lawrence Planning Director   “Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.” -President Abraham Lincoln  Good call there by President Lincoln.…

Ethics Charges Made Against Councilor Nunzio DiMarca

Ethics Charges Made Against Councilor Nunzio DiMarca

By: Tom Duggan (09/05/07) An ethics complaint has been filed against Lawrence City Councilor Nunzio DiMarca for a trip he admittedly took to Italy last spring. DiMarca’s plane fare and expenses…

Lawrence’s Councilor Silva Cleared in Hand-Gun Incident

Lawrence’s Councilor Silva Cleared in Hand-Gun Incident

VALLEY PATRIOT EXCLUSIVE   Tom Duggan  August August, 2007  Almost exactly one year after a gun was found at the home of Lawrence City Councilor Grisel Silva, the Massachusetts State…

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL: We Love Immigrants

  June 5, 2007 We love immigrants. Those who come to America to become Americans have been the blood, sweat and backbone of our nation for many years.  Those who…

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL: We Miss the Old Patrick Blanchette

March, 2007  When Lawrence City Council President Patrick Blanchette first took office, he was honestly interested in making a positive difference in the city. He asked fair questions, exposed wasteful…

Perry Registers Car in New Hampshire

Perry Registers Car in New Hampshire

By: Tom Duggan – March, 2007 North Andover School Committee Chairman Al Perry has been seen driving around town in a new 2007 Cadillac Escalade with New Hampshire license plates.…

Methuen’s Police Chief Joe Solomon Speaks Out

Methuen’s Police Chief Joe Solomon Speaks Out

Defends Grant Spending, Says Eagle~Tribune Attacks on Him and Dept. Motivated by “Racism Against Arab-Americans”      By: Tom Duggan – February, 2007 Methuen Police Chief Joe Solomon said in an exclusive…

Lawrence Council President Blanchette Called “Dangerous”

Lawrence Council President Blanchette Called “Dangerous”

  By: Tom Duggan – January 2007  Lawrence City Council President Patrick Blanchette has been on a mission for the last few months. His mission: create a firestorm around Budget…

Valley Patriot Editorial: Methuen City Councilors Should Butt Out

December, 2006  Last month, Methuen city councilors tried to inject themselves into the so-called controversy between Police Chief Joe Solomon and the officers and union members under his command.  What’s…

Group Asks Ed. Commissioner to Investigate Andover Teacher for “Blatant Jew Hatred”

Group Asks Ed. Commissioner to Investigate Andover Teacher for “Blatant Jew Hatred”

Classroom Credit to Support Terrorism?      Ron Francis is an Andover High School teacher, co-chair of the Massachusetts Green-Rainbow Party, leader in the Somerville Divestment Project and, as some…