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EMPTY CHAIR SHOW Exposing Addiction

EMPTY CHAIR SHOW Exposing Addiction

By: Phil Lahey – December, 2013 Well the elections are over and I would like to congratulate all the winners. It’s now up to you to fulfill all the promises…

Assertocracy is the path to Kleptocracy

Assertocracy is the path to Kleptocracy

By: Dr. Bharani Padmanabhan With this column I present a newly coined term – assertocracy – and show it’s current use. In her superlative book – In The Footsteps Of Mr…

The Merrimack Valley Sandbox -Creating a Path For Entrepreneurs

The Merrimack Valley Sandbox -Creating a Path For Entrepreneurs

 By: Cheryl Hajjar – December, 2013 As the Yuletide spirit is among us, and the frenzy of holiday shopping has begun, 17 budding entrepreneurs from the Merrimack Valley are preparing…

Support for Common Core’s Fuzzy Math Doesn’t Add Up

Support for Common Core’s Fuzzy Math Doesn’t Add Up

By: Sandra Stotsky – December, 2013 Unless high school students can prepare for a calculus course in grade 12 or as college freshmen, they are unlikely to become science, engineering,…

Legislature Moves Forward on Hefty and Charged Issues

Legislature Moves Forward on Hefty and Charged Issues

  By: State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – December, 2013 Thus far this session, the Massachusetts Legislature continues to make progress on several issues of public interest. House and Senate…

What is the Mass Commission Against Discrimination?

What is the Mass Commission Against Discrimination?

By: Attorney Timothy Stark – December, 2013 The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (commonly referred to as the “MCAD”) was established to enforce M.G.L. c. 151B, often referred to as “The…

Welcome to Sir Donald Berwick’s World, Pt. 2

By: Opinion Columnist Dr. Bharani Padmanabhan, October, 2013 Read Part 1 HERE Inevitably Sir Donald Berwick’s mindset ended up causing the Mid Staffs Scandal. The hospital at the center of…

THE EMPTY CHAIR – (Exposing Addiction) Public Enemy #1

THE EMPTY CHAIR – (Exposing Addiction) Public Enemy #1

By: Phil Lahey, October, 2013 When it comes to drug addiction, who is public enemy #1? You might guess the drug dealer, or the one who introduced our kid to…

Protect Seniors Against Heightened Medication Risks

Protect Seniors Against  Heightened Medication Risks

By: Celleste Begley – October, 2013 Prescriptions can be the key to a longer, fuller life; but if not handled properly, they can also cause serious problems. To help us…

Town Manager Neil Harrington’s Angry Rant, Attacks ‘Citizens for Change’, Tomaselli Sisters, Valley Patriot … and Free Speech

Town Manager Neil Harrington’s Angry Rant, Attacks ‘Citizens for Change’, Tomaselli Sisters, Valley Patriot … and Free Speech

  Salisbury Town Manager Neil Harrington addressed our Valley Patriot story in last months edition called “The 80 Million Lie” “I wanted to read the following because I think it…

Fire and Brimstone, Budget and Fiscal Cliff Diving

Fire and Brimstone, Budget and Fiscal Cliff Diving

By: State Representative Linda Dean Campbell – October, 2013 First off, I wish to pay a sincere compliment to my Republican colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate…

Welcome to Sir Donald Berwick’s World, Pt. 1

By: Opinion Columnist Dr. Bharani Padmanabhan – September, 2013 In “Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow”, one of the best books humanity has produced, Peter Høeg writes about an alcoholic Greenlander…

Lives Lost for Liberty

  Craig Floyd, Executive Director, National Law Enforcement Memorial March 2004  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Almost every day this past year we have heard the reports of new casualties in the…

September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month

By: Phil Lahey – September 2013 I started writing a letter to the editor stating that September is National Recovery Month. Then Tom Duggan asked me to write a column…

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…