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VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL March, 2005  Little more than a year ago, The Valley Patriot was just an idea.  That idea was to provide an alternative voice for Merrimack Valley newsmakers and…

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…

Iraqis Shame Elitist Democrats

VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL FEBRUARY, 2005 Arabs don’t value freedom. Western civilization shouldn’t try to impose itself on Arab societies. The Arab street prefers dictatorships and can’t be trusted to vote.…

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…

Random Thoughts with Mark Palermo

Random Thoughts with Mark Palermo

  January, 2005 Looking back at some news stories of 2004 worthy of mention, there was the story about the Air Force locating a nuclear bomb they had “lost” back…

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…

Mara’s Apartment on the Piazza Navona – by Hartley Pleshaw

January, 2005 Somewhere, in that vast horror of newspapers, magazines and books I call my apartment (“A library that vomited,” as I once described it to a friend), is my…

Bookkeeper’s Corner – In the Land of White Death

  By: Dr. Charles Ormsby – January, 2005 You may be familiar with Sir Ernest Shackleton’s disastrous expedition to the Antarctic that spanned 22 months from 1914 to 1916. It…

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…

Good Night, Good Morning, Good Bye

Good Night, Good Morning, Good Bye

By: Hartley Pleshaw – January, 2005 If American radio can be said to have had a post-World War II Golden Age, it manifested itself in Boston from the mid-1960’s to December…

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…