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Anne Knowles’ Andover Notebook

WALKING TOURS Change is in the air, and so we begin the fall season. Andover is one of the jewels of the north shore so let us check out some…

Why Tom Duggan Should not Leave the Republican Party

Why Tom Duggan Should not Leave the Republican Party

By: State Representative Lenny Mirra – September, 2013 Conversations with our fearless editor Tom Duggan typically turn into loud and contentious affairs. It was no exception at our latest discussion…

Slavery Then and Now … By: Tom Weaver

Slavery Then and Now … By: Tom Weaver

By: Tom Weaver – Augut. 2013 What does it take to be a slave? We have the old definition – belonging to another person, but that has been outlawed in…

The Ongoing Fight Against Tax Increases

The Ongoing Fight Against Tax Increases

By: State Senator Kathleen Ives – August, 2013 There has been some misinformation in the press about the Legislature’s recent vote to override Governor Deval Patrick’s veto of the Transportation…

My Thoughts on the 2013 Methuen City Election

My Thoughts on the 2013 Methuen City Election

By: Joe Leone – August, 2013 Like many of my fellow Methuen voters, I try to keep myself informed about issues that affect the community and my tax bill. What…

Adventures in Lawrence Election Fraud

Adventures in Lawrence Election Fraud

By: Kathy Runge – August, 2013 Anyone familiar with the city of Lawrence is aware of the lax record keeping and controls in various city departments, i.e. city garages and…

An Inside Look From State Rep. Diana DiZoglio

An Inside Look From State Rep. Diana DiZoglio

By: State Rep. Diana Dizoglio If there is one thing that I have learned during my first term representing you on Beacon Hill, it’s that things don’t always appear as…

Why MA needs to defund Common Core

By Sandra Stotsky – July, 2013 Why Massachusetts needs to defund implementation and testing of Common Core’s current standards In this essay, I suggest why Common Core’s English language arts…

Rich Progressives Must Be Cosied up to, No Matter What

By Dr. Padmanabhan – July, 2013 This column was triggered by a gushing puff piece published naturally by Brian McGrory’s newspaper – The Boston Globe – on May 21, 2013.…

State Legislature Approves $34 Billion Budget

State Legislature Approves $34 Billion Budget

By: State Representative Linda Dean Campbell – July 2013 The Legislature successfully passed the FY14 budget Monday after a prolonged conference committee between the House and the Senate. It was…

Representative DiZoglio Votes to Strengthen EBT Enforcement

Representative DiZoglio Votes to Strengthen EBT Enforcement

  BOSTON – State Representative Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) joined her colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in passing legislation that provides immediate funds for reforms to the electronic benefit…

Why MA needs to defund Common Core

By Sandra Stotsky, special to the Valley Patriot Why Massachusetts needs to defund implementation and testing of Common Core’s current standards In this essay, I suggest why Common Core’s English…

The Corruption of a President

By: Tom Weaver – June 2013 Yes, our President is fighting a war, a war run by bureaucrats with rules of engagement set by those not risking their lives to…

Speaking In Support of Police Training and Public Safety

Speaking In Support of Police Training and Public Safety

By: Senator Katie O’Connor Ives – June 2013 May was a busy month in the Senate. It was my first budget season and per tradition in the legislature, a new…

On Taxes and Transportation in Massachusetts: The Big Picture

On Taxes and Transportation in Massachusetts: The Big Picture

By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – June 2013 First I would like to thank Valley Patriot Columnist D. J. Deeb for his label as a moderate Democrat. My colleagues…