MA Must Cut Ties with Firm That Fed the Opioid Crisis ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLIO

MA Must Cut Ties with Firm That Fed the Opioid Crisis ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLIO

Hello Valley Patriot Readers, This past February, the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. settled a lawsuit brought by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and 46 other state Attorneys General after admitting to their role in helping pharmaceutical companies, including Purdue Pharma, bolster the sale of opioids like Oxycontin to increase profits. The settlement, which saw […]

Homestead Protection Error – An Open Letter to Governor Charlie Baker

Homestead Protection Error – An Open Letter to Governor Charlie Baker

September 7, 2021 VIA EMAIL COMMUNICATION The Honorable Charlie Baker Governor of Massachusetts Massachusetts State House Office of the Governor 24 Beacon Street, Rm. 280 Boston, MA 02133 RE: HOMEOWNER’S PLEA TO CORRECT EVIDENCED HOMESTEAD PROTECTION ERRORS Dear Governor Baker: My name is Mohan A. Harihar – I was born and raised in the Commonwealth […]

Sounding the Alarm for Combined Sewer Overflows

Sounding the Alarm for Combined Sewer Overflows

  By:Rep. Linda Dean Campbell This summer, our Commonwealth experienced the rainiest July on record in at least a century. The climate report recently released by the United Nations predicts that average precipitation in our region will continue to increase as climate change worsens. In the Merrimack Valley, we know all too well what more […]

Dave Pelletier – A Soldier and His Dog in Vietnam! ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

Dave Pelletier – A Soldier and His Dog in Vietnam! ~ VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH, HERO IN OUR MIDST

By: John Cuddy – Sept. 2021 US Army Veteran Dave Pelletier is from Salem, New Hampshire, and is now living in Haverhill, Massachusetts. After Dave withdrew from Woodbury High and served a short sentence in a reform school in Manchester, he started working at Superior Shoe. While at Superior, he enlisted in the US Army. […]

Married on the 4th of July – Celebrating 75 years of Marriage! ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

Married on the 4th of July – Celebrating 75 years of Marriage! ~ HEROES IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy – Aug. 2021 Dracut’s Bob and Jeanette (Jenny) Iby, celebrated their 75th Wedding Anniversary on July 4, 2021. Married on July 4, 1946, after Bob finished his tour with the US Army Air Corp, as a Bombardier on a B-17 Flying Fortress. The couple attended high school together in Burlington, VT, and […]

Peacock’s ‘Dr. Death’ ~ TV TALK with BILL CUSHING

Peacock’s ‘Dr. Death’ ~ TV TALK with BILL CUSHING

By: Bill Cushing – Aug. 2021 Peacock’s ‘Dr. Death’ is a new limited series based on the hit podcast and inspired by the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson), a young and charismatic star in the Texas medical community. After building a successful neurosurgery practice, things suddenly change when patients entering Dr. […]

Previously-Vocal Politicos Make Molehill Over Mountain

Previously-Vocal Politicos  Make Molehill Over Mountain

By: Brian Genest – Aug. 2021 The sound of silence is stunning. And very telling. From Swampscott and Shrewsbury to Beacon Hill and beyond, some previously-vocal politicos are suddenly biting their lips. Not one establishment Republican has a word to say about Tom Mountain, the former MassGOP vice chair who stepped down from the party’s […]

Petition to Establish A Special Commission on PTSD ~ KANES CORNER

Petition to Establish A Special Commission on PTSD ~ KANES CORNER

Valley Patriot Mascot, Kane August,  2021 Kane knows Representative Colleen Garry. In fact, she is known by many as a strong supportive advocate of the medical front line workers, veterans, police officers, firefighters, EMS, and other first responders. What does she do that is so unique? Well, Kane says she does the most important thing […]

IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLIO ~ Reducing the Property Tax Burden on Seniors

IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLIO ~ Reducing the Property Tax Burden on Seniors

Aug, 2021 Hello Valley Patriot Readers, As a member of the Legislature’s Elder Affairs Committee, one of my top focuses this session is assessing bills filed that impact our older adults. Among these pieces of legislation is an important bill I have co-sponsored, Senate Bill 1823, An Act relative to property tax deferral for estates. […]

Pearlstein Ignored Leadership Failures and Faulty Government Systems in Holyoke Nursing Home Tragedy

Pearlstein Ignored Leadership Failures and Faulty Government Systems in Holyoke Nursing Home Tragedy

By: Linda Dean Campbell – Aug. 2021 In May, a special committee formed by the Massachusetts Legislature released the report on its investigation of the COVID-19 outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home that resulted in 77 deaths. The report by the Special Joint Oversight Committee, which we chair, is most notable for taking the opposite […]

Methuen’s Councilor Saba Says He Would Rather People Go Hungry

Methuen’s Councilor Saba Says He Would Rather People Go Hungry

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRpoMpiLgOc&w=380&h=280] Methuen City Councilor Steve Saba (who is Chairman of the city council) says that he would rather Methuen residents go hungry than to receive food donations delivered by a company he is upset with. The revelation came during a city council meeting last month when it was revealed that a minority (Latino) owned taxi […]

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