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What the Numbers Really Mean

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL   October, 2005 Last month, the City of Lawrence held a preliminary municipal election for mayor, school committee and city council. Less than 20% of the 32,000…

No Love, No Power for Mayoral Candidate

No Love, No Power for Mayoral Candidate

    By; Michael R. Sweeney – October, 2005 A moment of clarity. After all is said and done that is what election results, whether a primary or final, provides to…

Devers: I would Fire Laboy! Superintendent Wilfredo Laboy Under Fire

Devers: I would Fire Laboy! Superintendent Wilfredo Laboy Under Fire

By: Tom Duggan – September 2005   LAWRENCE – Lawrence School Superintendent Wilfredo Laboy is increasingly coming under fire by candidates for both mayor and school committee, as the city…

When it’s Time to Play Ball Can Anyone Beat Hillary?

  Paul Murano – June, 2005  Let’s face it, next to Red Sox baseball, politics is the preferred sport of many in this area. But if you think about it,…

State Rep. Willie Lantigua’s True Color: GREEN!

State Rep. Willie Lantigua’s True Color: GREEN!

  June, 2005 Lawrence State Representative Willie Lantigua has betrayed the Latino people of Lawrence. He has been playing a dangerous game of race baiting and making racial slurs for…

One Happy Republican… Again!

By: Tom Duggan – April 04, 2005   Just as I reported after the November Presidential election (which was a bittersweet moment), I was again blessed with the same feelings…

Are North Andover Officials Out of Touch with the Citizens

  Ted Tripp, North Andover Taxpayers Association – April, 2005   That’s a fair question to ask.  Just as recently as three years ago, North Andover voters showed up in…

Respectful Leadership or a Backhanded Slap?

 PAYING ATTENTION WITH TOM DUGGAN     Tom Duggan It’s always cute when a local politician adopts a catchy slogan to help shore up the image of his campaign. And…

Haverhill’s Future

Haverhill’s Future

By: Jim Rurak, Former Mayor of Haverhill January, 2005  Haverhill’s history seesaws between big plans to promote its urban economy and extaordinary commitments to preserve its rural assets.  Unlike Lowell and Lawrence…

MA Rep. Barbara L’Italien’s Attack on the Catholic Church

MA Rep. Barbara L’Italien’s Attack on the Catholic Church

PAYING ATTENTION WITH TOM DUGGAN     Tom Duggan – November, 2004  Massachusetts State Representative Barbara L’Italien should be ashamed of herself. She has not only taken a public stand…

MA Lt. Gov. Healey Calls for Senator Kerry to Resign While Running for President

MA Lt. Gov. Healey Calls for Senator Kerry to Resign While Running for President

  Tom Duggan – 2004 WAKEFIELD – Lt. Governor Kerry Murphy Healey called for the resignation of Senator John Kerry yesterday before a packed room of Republican supporters at the…

Outgoing President, Devers Says Council Drove Last Two Years

Outgoing President, Devers Says Council Drove Last Two Years

(on Loan from Tom Duggan’s Private Archive)   Text of Marcos Devers’ Speech 01/02/2004  Good evening:  Mr. Mayor, City Councilors, current and past authorities, ladies and gentlemen. Tonight we are saying…

Blanchette Chosen as Council President Frechette elected Vice President in Lawrence

Blanchette Chosen as Council President Frechette elected Vice President in Lawrence

Vote Latino Campaign still Sore Spot with Some   By: Tom Duggan – January 2, 2004 Lawrence – District “A” (Prospect Hill) Councilor Patrick Blanchette was elected president of the…

Devers Opts Out of Lawrence Council Presidency

  By: Tom Duggan – December 3, 2003 (originally published on tommyduggan.com) LAWRENCE – After two successful years of reforming the City Council presidency and reshaping the decorum at Council…

Move Afoot to Unseat Devers As Lawrence Council President

Move Afoot to Unseat Devers As Lawrence Council President

  By: Tom Duggan  –  November 18, 2003 (on Loan from Tom Duggan’s Private Records – Published originally on tommyduggan.com) According to some current and soon-to-be City Councilors there is a…