Addressing Inequities in College Admissions ~ MA State Senator Pavel Payano

Addressing Inequities in College Admissions ~ MA State Senator Pavel Payano

By: Senator Pavel Payano, 7-23 For nearly a century, legacy preferences have played a significant role in American college and university admissions, granting preferential treatment to the children of alumni. These policies were established in the 1920s, coinciding with an influx of Jewish applicants to top schools. However, legacy preferences have been widely criticized as […]

Promoting Personal Financial Literacy for Our Students

Promoting Personal Financial Literacy for Our Students

By: State Rep. Ryan Hamilton – 7/23 Massachusetts is the pinnacle of education in the United States (if not the world) … yet, mounting evidence continues to remind us that we still have much work to do when it comes to preparing our students for successful and secure financial futures. The Commonwealth – especially the […]

Public Safety, Equity, and Student Loan Debt

Public Safety, Equity, and Student Loan Debt

By: State Rep. Francisco Paulino – 7/23 As your State Representative, my primary aim is to enhance the lives of Massachusetts residents. To that end, our legislative team has been focusing on three key areas: public safety, equity, and the significant issue of student loan debt. Starting with public safety, we’ve made strides to enhance […]

Disagreements ~ THE DOCTOR IS IN!

Disagreements ~ THE DOCTOR IS IN!

By: Dr. Pierre Ghassibi Greetings everyone. Emotional illness is as important as physical disease. I hope this article will resonate with many of us. I want to look at wars. We have wars between nations and civil wars between citizens of the same country. Burns, amputations, families dismembered, economies destroyed, are the results. These are […]

Ed Girroir, U.S. Army Paratrooper and Firefighter ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

Ed Girroir, U.S. Army Paratrooper and Firefighter ~ HERO IN OUR MIDST, VALLEY PATRIOT OF THE MONTH

By: John Cuddy 6-23 HAVERHILL – During World War II, Haverhill’s Ed Girroir enlisted in the US Army after Pearl Harbor, with most of his friends doing the same. He served as a Paratrooper with the US Army, in the European Theatre. He was on Active duty, from 1944 to 1946, assigned to the 517th […]

Justices Rule Home Equity Theft Unconstitutional – Will Have Local Implications

Justices Rule Home Equity Theft Unconstitutional – Will Have Local Implications

Joyce and Gracemarie Tomaselli,  6-23 Last month the U.S. Supreme Court justices unanimously ruled that home equity theft by government entities is unconstitutional, securing an individual’s right to just compensation when their property is confiscated and sold in a tax foreclosure. “This decision affirms that property rights are fundamental and don’t depend solely on state […]

Toxic Propaganda Corrupts America’s Youth

Toxic Propaganda Corrupts America’s Youth

By: Ken  Willette, 6-23 Woe is today’s student living in our vibrant republic yet dominated by teachers and professors espousing outlandish and spurious historical analogies. For these instructors of impressionable youth are doing a grave disservice to their comprehension of American history and global events. They are deliberating pivoting their students to the following highly […]

Twilight Zoning: By-Laws In Dracut

Twilight Zoning: By-Laws In Dracut

Philippe Thibault, 6-23 You can hear the iconic music all ready, can’t you: dee, dee, DEE, dee. Such is life in a small bucolic hamlet in northeastern Massachusetts, but appearances can be deceiving when the light is dim. A dim light from the twilight zone. Let us cast a brighter light on the zoning bylaw […]

“Beef” ~ TV TALK with BILL CUSHING

“Beef” ~ TV TALK with BILL CUSHING

By: Bill Cushing, 6-23 This month’s recommendation is perhaps the year’s most addictive new series. Netflix’s ‘Beef’ pulses with tension right from the start. The show opens with two strangers almost colliding in a retail store parking lot, which triggers an intense car chase between contractor Danny Cho (Oscar nominee Steven Yeun) and plant entrepreneur […]

Celebrating Our Amazing Graduates of the Class of 2023 ~ IN YOUR CORNER with AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

Celebrating Our Amazing Graduates of the Class of 2023 ~ IN YOUR CORNER with AUDITOR DIZOGLIO

EXCLUSIVE TO THE VALLEY PATRIOT 6-23 Hello Valley Patriot Readers, Recently, I had the honor of delivering the commencement address to the Class of 2023 at my alma mater, Middlesex Community College. It was a beautiful day celebrating all of the hard work, tireless efforts and sacrifices made by the graduates, their families, and friends. […]

Paulino: Part of My Job is Community Engagement

Paulino: Part of My Job is Community Engagement

Dear Constituents, As your State Representative, I am privileged to play an active role in our community’s vibrant life. Today, I want to share with you some pivotal moments that have recently underscored our shared commitment to hope, safety, and honor – the graduation ceremonies at Methuen and Lawrence High, the Massachusetts Nurses Association’s protest […]

Payano: Championing Investments in Downtown Revitalization and Local Priorities

Payano: Championing Investments in Downtown Revitalization and Local Priorities

By: State Senator Pavel Payano – 6/23 On Thursday, May 25th, the Massachusetts Senate approved a comprehensive budget of $55.9 billion for Fiscal Year 2024 (FY24), signaling the Commonwealth’s commitment to fiscal discipline and the long-term economic well-being of the state. With a focus on equity and opportunity, the Senate’s budget delivers historic levels of […]

Hamilton: Focusing on Your Kids’ Mental Health

Hamilton: Focusing on Your Kids’ Mental Health

By: State Rep. Ryan Hamilton (Methuen) 6-23 As we look back on the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month, I want to highlight one of my legislative priorities for this session – youth mental health. Our young people are facing staggering rates of poor mental health, made only worse by the isolating effects […]

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