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Valley Patriot of the Month! Sylvio “Sy” Uliano – Heroes in Our Midst

Valley Patriot of the Month! Sylvio “Sy” Uliano – Heroes in Our Midst

By: Tom Duggan: February, 2005 Cpl. Uliano can still hear General George C. Patton telling the troops not to worry about going into combat. Patton told them, “First, the enemy…

Drug, Competency Testing Long Overdue

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL February, 2005 Why do we hire public employees? Is it to have them perform an important service that the public requires, or is it to provide the…

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…

H Y P O C R I S Y!

H Y P O C R I S Y!

    By: Tom Duggan – February, 2005 LAWRENCE – After years of complaining about Lawrence residents not being considered for top positions at City Hall, City Councilors rejected lifelong…

Public School Drug Testing Should be Mandataory

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL FEBRUARY 2005 The 2003 Youth Risk Survey found that 1 in 6 Haverhill High School students (17%) are using hard drugs. In response, Haverhill School Committee member Scott Wood,…

Drug, Competency Testing Long Overdue

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL January, 2005  The attitude is pervasive. When North Andover was considering a $4 million override several years ago, a Finance Committee member publicly stated, “Our number one…

Sex, Drugs and VideoTapes

Sex, Drugs and VideoTapes

  By: Tom Duggan – January, 2005  LAWRENCE – Wild nights of cocaine parties and binge drinking were not isolated to the Lawrence 911 Emergency Call Center at the Bodwell…

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…

Hanna’s Education Corner – An Interview with Lawrence Mayor Mike Sullivan

Hanna’s Education Corner – An Interview with Lawrence Mayor Mike Sullivan

By Hanna, Age 10 – January, 2005  What is your day like? My day is almost identical to your day; it is very structured. I wake up at six o’clock…

Firefighter Heroes – Paying Attention with Tom Duggan

Firefighter Heroes – Paying Attention with Tom Duggan

January, 2005 Even if we accept that everything Judy Brito says is true, Lawrence Mayor Mike Sullivan is absolutely right when he says that most firefighters in the city of…

It’s The Little Things That Count – SENIOR MOMENTS WITH JIM CASSIDY

It’s The Little Things That Count – SENIOR MOMENTS WITH JIM CASSIDY

Lisa Beamer was recently interviewed on Good Morning America. If you remember, she is the wife of Todd Beamer who said, “Let’s Roll!” and helped take down the plane that…

The Greatest Gift by Kathleen Corey Rahme

The Greatest Gift by Kathleen Corey Rahme

By: Kathleen Corey Rahme – January, 2005  With the holiday upon us, the giving spirit is apparent. But some of us give of ourselves on a regular basis and it…

Valley Patriot of the Month: Tech. Sergeant Jeremiah Sullivan ~ Hero in Our Midst

Valley Patriot of the Month: Tech. Sergeant Jeremiah Sullivan ~ Hero in Our Midst

By: Dr. Charles Ormsby – January, 2005  A boyhood attraction to trains, electronic gadgets, and Morse code earned Jeremiah (Jerry) Sullivan a ticket to see Europe by air. Actually, it…

The Best Bang for Your Buck?

The Best Bang for Your Buck?

  By: Lawrence City Council President, Patrick Blanchette – December 2004  Unfortunately the City of Lawrence is dealing with tough financial problems this year. When I was first elected to…

Grandpa’s Aquarium – Senior Moments With Jim Cassidy

Grandpa’s Aquarium – Senior Moments With Jim Cassidy

  By: Jim Cassidy – December, 2004 Late at night, as I gaze out the front window, with the snow softly falling and the holiday lights starting to appear on…