Illegal Alien Ysrael Nunez of Lawrence Pleads Guilty to Role in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

Illegal Alien Ysrael Nunez of Lawrence Pleads Guilty to Role in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

BOSTON – A Dominican national residing in Lawrence pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to conspiracy and distribution charges involving large quantities of fentanyl. Ysrael Nunez, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl; one count of distribution […]

Loss of Charlie Baker Catastrophic for Massachusetts ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (12-21)

Loss of Charlie Baker Catastrophic for Massachusetts ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (12-21)

12-22 While conservatives and Republicans in Massachusetts have been rightfully angry with Governor Charlie Baker over the years, their celebration of his departure from governor’s race next year is very short sighted. Yes, Baker initially campaigned for governor as a fiscal conservative and a social moderate, and then abandoned all of those principals once he […]

DiZoglio Calls on Governor to Release Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Data

DiZoglio Calls on Governor to Release Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund Data

Administration Has Not Issued Financial Report on the Fund Since June BOSTON – State Senator Diana DiZoglio (D-Methuen) is calling on the Baker Administration to provide greater transparency around the Commonwealth’s unemployment insurance trust fund. In a letter dated December 3rd, DiZoglio and fellow legislators called on the Baker Administration to produce a financial report on […]

Strengthening Supports for MA Military Families ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLLIO

Strengthening Supports for MA Military Families ~ IN YOUR CORNER with SENATOR DIZOGLLIO

By: Senator Diana DiZoglio – Nov. 2021 Hello Valley Patriot Readers, While we have made important strides in recent years to help Massachusetts veterans – such as exempting members of the military in active duty from the automobile excise tax and expanding services and opportunities for veterans and their families through the Valor Act – […]

Accountability Needed in Division of Professional Licensure ~ IN YOUR CORNER SENATOR with DIANA DIZOGLIO

Accountability Needed in Division of Professional Licensure ~ IN YOUR CORNER SENATOR with DIANA DIZOGLIO

Oct. 2021 Hello Valley Patriot Readers, The state Division of Professional Licensure (DPL) licenses and regulates more than 580,000 individuals, businesses, and schools to engage in over 150 trades and professions in Massachusetts, from plumbers and electricians to psychologists and optometrists. Its mission is supposed to be to protect the public through the establishment of […]

Stopping Combined Sewer Overflows, Part II ~ Rep. Linda Dean Campbell

Stopping Combined Sewer Overflows, Part II ~ Rep. Linda Dean Campbell

By: Rep. Linda Dean Campbell – Oct. 2021 At a recent public hearing about how to spend $4.8 billion in federal dollars coming to the Commonwealth, the need to address combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in the Merrimack River came up again and again. It’s been a rainy summer, causing millions of gallons of sewage to […]

Establishment Republicans Establish Lack of Consistent Standards

Establishment Republicans Establish Lack of Consistent Standards

By: Brian Genest – Oct. 2021 Blatant hypocrisy. Shameless double standards. Profiles in cowardice. All were on display at the recent meeting of the Massachusetts Republican State Committee. Not one establishment Republican had a word to say about Tom Mountain, the former MassGOP vice chair who has stepped down from the party’s executive committee. Not […]

Average Bay Stater Would Give Up Four Years of Their Life to Keep Drinking

Average Bay Stater Would Give Up Four Years of Their Life to Keep Drinking

Life vs. Liquor: The average Bay Stater would give up four years of their life to keep drinking alcohol, survey reveals. One-third would give up caffeine for life, if they can continue drinking alcohol. 30% admit they ignore studies warning about alcohol health risks. Infographic included. Science and Sobriety: There are many behaviors and habits we’ve developed […]

Dracut Man Indicted for Armed Robbery

Dracut Man Indicted for Armed Robbery

Defendant allegedly robbed three convenience stores on Christmas Eve 10/8/21 BOSTON – A Dracut man was indicted today in federal court in Boston in connection with the armed robbery of three convenience stores in Lowell and Tewksbury on Dec. 24, 2020. Michael Vangpa, 32, was indicted on three counts of interfering with commerce by robbery […]

Stop Sweeping the Homeless Out of Sight ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (10/21)

Stop Sweeping the Homeless Out of Sight ~ VALLEY PATRIOT EDITORIAL (10/21)

October, 2021 At a time when the Merrimack Valley desperately needs our elected officials at the highest level of government to experience the homeless crisis first hand, Lowell, like so many other communities, sweeps their homeless problem out of sight, or under the rug, as some may say. At issue; Lowell City Councilor Rita Mercier […]

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 […]

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 […]

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