Little Dick Howe’s Hatred ~ Paying Attention with Tom Duggan


By: Tom Duggan – October, 2014

WCAP owner Army Colonel Sam Poulten

WCAP owner Army Colonel Sam Poulten

Anyone who listens to my radio show on Saturday mornings on 980WCAP in Lowell (10-noon) knows that I spend a lot of time picking on station owner Colonel Sam Poulten. On any given Saturday you will most likely hear me mocking his unique voice or complaining about the way things are going at the station in an attempt to humanize the iconic station owner who, being a good sport, has never asked me to stop.

But, when Lowell’s wanna-be king maker, Registrar of Deeds Dick Howe, attacked Poulten on his blog last month questioning why Poulten appeared at a foreclosure auction wearing his military uniform, it wasn’t light hearted poking fun. It was a viscous attack on Poulten’s reputation.

Though it seems innocuous to anyone who doesn’t know the back story, Howe’s attack on Poulten was anything but.

Here is what he published on his blog:

“In my Week in Review article this past Sunday, I asked “What’s Up with Prince Spaghetti?” Back on June 27, 2014, the Lowell Five Cents Savings Bank held a foreclosure auction of the Prince Spaghetti property in South Lowell. The property owner, Prince Avenue Associates LLC, had granted the Lowell Five Cents Savings Bank a mortgage of $8 million on the property. The high bidder at the auction was Sam Poulten, the owner of radio station WCAP who for some reason appeared at the auction in a US Army uniform.”
He then published a photo of Poulten at the event (originally published in the Lowell Sun) to make his point.

The back story is this: for years Dick Howe, Jr. and his band of hateful activists have spread a narrative that Sam Poulten has a screw loose and runs around town in his uniform as a way of reliving his old glory days in the military. Howe’s post about Poulten wearing his uniform to a foreclosure was a direct attempt to further that narrative and smear a man who risked his life to protect our country.

But, what Dick Howe, Jr. doesn’t want people to know is that Colonel Sam Poulten plays TAPS at military funerals and is often asked to speak to large veteran groups.

On the day of the foreclosure the Colonel had two events, a military funeral and the foreclosure. Not having any time to change between events, Poulten was forced to attend the foreclosure in full dress uniform.

But things like that don’t matter to people like Howe, who apparently despises the military (as a left wing moon bat) and loves to spread hate and propaganda.

Maybe instead of attacking a war hero like Sam Poulten and spreading hate, dishonoring all of our military and their sacrifices, Howe should concentrate more on attending his no-show Registrar of Deeds.

Shame on you Dick Howe, Jr.

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to

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3 Responses to Little Dick Howe’s Hatred ~ Paying Attention with Tom Duggan

  1. Jerry Flynn Reply

    November 2, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    I applaud you for setting the record straight with regards to Col. Sam Poulton’s wearing of him Military Uniform at a foreclosure and clearly Richard Howe, Jr. should have done his homework before chastising Col. Sam. However, Richard Howe, Jr was also a military veteran and I believe he saw this as someone who was over extending their boundaries and again your assessment of the situation was spot on with regards to all the civic duties Col. Sam does without fanfare. With that said, I disagree with your assessment of “no-show” Register of Deeds – I am not an associate nor am I one of Richard Howe’s loyalist (far from it), but he does a tremendous job as Register of Deeds and turned that place into one of the most efficient offices in the Commonwealth & you can find him there everyday!


    Jerry Flynn

  2. michael veves Reply

    April 28, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    Couldn’t say it better, Jerry. Read what Tom had to say. There’s simply too much anger and hatred going on in the Valley Patriot. I just don’t understand it at a time when Americans want to reach consensus on disagreements. Until the feelings of anger, animosity, and hatred, so remarkably demonstrated by the paper, work more toward trying to reach consensus, we are doomed.

  3. michael veves Reply

    April 28, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    Jerry, note the name calling ‘left wing moonbat.’ I have hope the day will come that name calling and ad hominem attacks will give way to more effective forms of communication when it comes to disagreement.

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