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What Lawrence Doesn’t Need…. More Poverty Pimps!

What Lawrence Doesn’t Need….  More Poverty Pimps!

By: Tom Duggan – November, 2005 With 80,000 plus people crammed into six square miles, Lawrence has been a very attractive (and profitable) place for poverty pimps to ply their…

Hero in our Midst – CPL. Harvey Gibeau – Valley Patriot of the Month,

Hero in our Midst – CPL. Harvey Gibeau – Valley Patriot of the Month,

By: Dr. Charles Ormsby – November, 2005 Harvey Gibeau was born in Lawrence in 1923 and after high school he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in the late 1930s. He…

Eagle Tribune Workers Try to Organize Union

Eagle Tribune Workers Try to Organize Union

      By: Tom Duggan, November, 2005 Only a few short months after Chip Rogers sold The Eagle~Tribune newspaper, employees of the daily paper have become so angry and…

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…

Feds Say N. A. Schools Failing

Feds Say N. A. Schools Failing

  By: Tom Duggan – October, 2005 Last month the North Andover School Committee approved measures to evaluate academic expectations and goals for students in the North Andover School System.…

Hero in our Midst – Frank Shimko, E-4 Communications Specialist – Valley Patriot of the Month

Hero in our Midst – Frank Shimko, E-4 Communications Specialist – Valley Patriot of the Month

  By: Charles Ormsby – October, 2005 Frank Shimko, E-4 Communications Specialist Frank Shimko didn’t think his future lay in Nebraska, so at 19 he enlisted in the Army. It…

Hero in our Midst – Pfc. Alexander “Alex” Milne – Valley Patriot of the Month (9-05)

Hero in our Midst – Pfc. Alexander “Alex” Milne – Valley Patriot of the Month (9-05)

  By: Charles Ormsby – September, 2005 NORTH ANDOVER – Alexander Milne rarely speaks of his wartime experiences, even with fellow veterans. Such conversations were uncommon even with his brother,…

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX – It’s Insane

  By: Dr. Charles Ormsby – January, 2005 We have been bombarded with news stories recently detailing the abysmal state of public education in the US. It is a theme…

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…

Laboy Endorses School Committeeman for City Council

Laboy Endorses School Committeeman for City Council

PAYING ATTENTION EXTRA Larger than expected crowd turns out for Jorge Gonzalez By: Tom Duggan – August 25, 2005 Lawrence School Committee member Jorge Gonzalez now enjoys the unique distinction…

The Lawrence City Council, When Privilege is Better Than Pay

The Lawrence City Council, When Privilege is Better Than Pay

PAYING ATTENTION WITH TOM DUGGAN By: Tom Duggan – August 25, 2005  Lawrence City Councilor Marie Gosselin is always complaining about the “measly $97 a week” she gets paid for…

Canceling Primaries Protects Incumbents

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL   August, 2005 You cannot put a price on democracy. Yet, the city of Methuen recently tried to cancel their preliminary election, officials said, because too few candidates took…

Hero in Our Midst – Jim Mulligan – Valley Pariot of the Month

Hero in Our Midst – Jim Mulligan – Valley Pariot of the Month

By Dr. Charles Ormsby – August, 2005 Bound, blindfolded and badly injured, Captain Jim Mulligan was led through the angry crowd of Vietnamese peasants. They screamed in Vietnamese while striking…

Hero in Our Midst – Charles Bruderer – Valley Patriot of the Month

Hero in Our Midst – Charles Bruderer – Valley Patriot of the Month

By: Charles Ormsby  – July, 2005 Charles Bruderer of Methuen is just wrapping up his military career. He will be leaving the National Guard after 33 years of service to our country…