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VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL: Lawrence Cabbie is no Criminal

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL February – 2007  Here we go again in Lawrence where the victim is arrested and treated like the criminal, instead of focusing on the real criminals.  Last…

While Blanchette Attacks City Worker for Office Renovations His Own Office Gets $16K Makeover

While Blanchette Attacks City Worker for Office Renovations His Own Office Gets $16K Makeover

        By: Tom Duggan – January, 2007 While other communities are making cuts in their budgets and forcing some layoffs, Lawrence continues to spend on unnecessary items.…

Why Lawrence Should Pay More in Taxes!

PAYING ATTENTION! WITH TOM DUGGAN    By: Tom Duggan – January, 2007 Over the last several months, we have heard members of the Lawrence City Council complain about wasteful city…

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…

Lawrence City Council, Please! Just Shut Up and Vote!

PAYING ATTENTION WITH TOM DUGGAN   By: Tom Duggan – December, 2006 The grandstanding, self praise and speech-making at Lawrence City Council meetings have got to stop!  Too often these…

Valley Patriot Editorial – Essex St. Coming Back!

* Valley Patriot Editorial *  December, 2006 For years, officials in the city of Lawrence have been talking about returning Essex Street to two-way traffic. But all we’ve heard is…

Just Admit it…. You Really Don’t Care!

Just Admit it…. You Really Don’t Care!

PAYING ATTENTION! With TOM DUGGAN   By: Tom Duggan – November, 2006 BACKGROUND….. Upon learning that Deval Patrick had fought to free admitted cop killer Carl Roy Songer, I, like many of…

Hero in Our Midst, Part II, POW, Staff Sgt. Eldon Berthiaume, Infantryman

Hero in Our Midst, Part II, POW, Staff Sgt. Eldon Berthiaume, Infantryman

By: Ted Tripp – September, 2006 LAWRENCE – In early 1945, Pvt. Eldon Berthiaume of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division was captured by the Germans in the small village of…

Fix the Lawrence Fountain NOW!

Fix the Lawrence Fountain NOW!

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL   September, 2006 For years the people of Lawrence and visitors to the city have enjoyed the majesty of a giant fountain at the corner of South…

Gun Found in Lawrence City Councilor’s Grisel Silva’s Home

Councilor Grisel Silva Details Gun Incident By: Tom Duggan – August 11, 2006   Ten days ago a gun was found at the home of Lawrence City Councilor Grisel Silva.…

City Council Chaos Costs City Thousands

City Council Chaos Costs City Thousands

PAYING ATTENTION WITH TOM DUGGAN By Tom Duggan – August 8, 2006   It was chaos last night at the Lawrence City Council’s Ordinance Committee meeting as chairman Nick Kolofoles…

So Many Questions So Few Answers in Lawrence!

By:Tom Duggan – August, 2006  One of the best parts of my job is that I get to ask lots of questions. And because of the nature of my press…

Hero in Our Midst – Part 1 – Staff Sgt. Eldon Berthiaume, Infantryman WWII

Hero in Our Midst – Part 1 – Staff Sgt. Eldon Berthiaume, Infantryman WWII

VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH – AUGUST, 2006 By: Ted Tripp – August, 2006 LAWRENCE – When Eldon Berthiaume graduated from Lawrence High School in the spring of 1942, he…

Actions Speak Louder Than Platitudes

Actions Speak Louder Than Platitudes

Our Missing State Legislators When Northern Essex Needed Them PAYING ATTENTION WITH TOM DUGGAN   By Tom Duggan – July, 2006 Every two years the voters of Lawrence have to…

Lawrence City Council Circus Delays NECCO Expansion Plan

Lawrence City Council Circus Delays NECCO Expansion Plan

    By: Tom Duggan – June, 2006 It was the usual circus at last nights meeting of the Lawrence City Council’s Housing Committee as Councilor Nilka Alvarez, (who is…