Friday, September 21, 2007

Ogonowski Visits Lawrence Declaring "NO AMNEST FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS)

Ogonowski: Niki Tsongas Supports Amnesty for Illegal Aliens

I will Support a Border Fence and Deporting Illegals

Fifth District Congressional candidate Jim Ogonowski visited Lawrence again Friday morning holding a press conference at the Lawrence Fire Station on Lowell Street.

Ogonowski spoke for ten minutes before a small crowd of Lawrence residents declaring his support for deporting illegal aliens, building a fence on the border between the United States and Mexico and denying government services to those who have come here illegally.

Ogonowski declared today the second day of his “No Amnesty” tour across the district, starting yesterday in Dracut.

“Today in America we have a real problem with illegal immigration and our border security is at a breaking point. Every day that we leave our borers and our ports unprotected it puts a strain on our national security, our school, and hospitals. Congress and the president can no longer fail the American people on this important issue. My friends, true immigration reform does not include amnesty for illegal immigrants.”

Ogonowski said that congress and President Bush’s proposal to grant amnesty for illegals “a national disgrace.”

“Not once, but twice they tried to pass an immigration reform bill granting amnesty for illegal immigrants. The people didn’t want it he first time and they tried to do it again. Congress and the president have failed us on this issue. We must penalize those who break our laws. When I go to congress I make this pledge to you, my interest will be your interests, not the special interests.”

“First things first real immigration reform does not include amnesty for illegal immigrants. When I go to Washington I will deliver this message. And this is the big difference between myself and my opponents. Niki Tsongas wants to give amnesty to illegal immigrants. She wants to give them a pathway to citizenship even for those who violate our laws, somewhere between 10 and 20 million of them. For me rewarding illegal activity will never be an option.”

“She supports a pathway to citizenship for those who are here on a gust worker program and have remained here illegally. I believe illegal immigrants need to go back to their home country and apply for citizenship the right way. To me, her agenda is bad for the fifth district, bad for America and its just plain wrong.”

“She claims to be a Washington insider; her ideas represent the broken Washington that continues to fail us each and every day.

I believe our immigration system is broken we have left our borders unprotected and therefore threatens our national security.”

“I believe we must develop a comprehensive strategy for securing our borders. A strategy that actually stops people from crossing the borders illegally. I support a fence, both a physical fence and a technological fence along the border to stop the influx of illegal immigrants.”

“You know, many times your basement may flood, but before you bail out your basement you fill up the cracks, it’s the same thing. Let’s fix the border and then we can start bailing out those who are here illegally.”

Ogonowski said he believes that congress can set aside enough resources to enforce existing immigration laws and wants to give employers a means of checking the status of people who come to the United States looking for a job to ensure they are here legally.

“We must also end the police of catch and release. We’re not fishing here; this is not a fishing expedition. When illegals are caught they should never be released on U.S. soil. This seems like a no-brainer to me. I will advocate against catch and release policies and will always stand strong that illegal immigrants who are caught need to be returned to their home nation.”

Ogonowski also said that temporary work visas “must never lead to automatic citizenship.”

“Securing our borders are not enough. We need to know who is in our country and why. To do that we need to pressure the Bush administration to implement a system of keeping track of those who enter this country with a tamper proof ID.

“There are some sneaky politicians in Washington who are always looking for a way to sneak amnesty for illegal immigrants into bills that are going though congress. Just a few weeks ago Congress were considering an S-chip bill. For those of you who don’t know about this, it provides help for uninsured children with health benefits. But this is what they did in congress; they filled it with reckless spending, cuts to our seniors and benefits to those who broken our laws, the illegal immigrants. Included in this bill was legislation to allow illegal immigrants access to free government health benefits.”

“Guess what? My opponent Niki Tsonga supports that bill and then she lied about my record by saying I don’t want to help poor children. I’m not going to stand for it and neither should you. I don’t think she noticed … that we would notice she was just trying to further her agenda of giving amnesty for illegal immigrants. This is wrong.

Ogonowski shook hands with Lawrence residents and promised each of them individually that he would stand strong on border security and illegal immigration.

Friday, June 22, 2007

North Andover

Thomson Mothers, Sandy Gleed & Dawn Crescitelli
Absent TUFF Group
$1.65 Mil Override Passes
Without the support of the TUFF group
N. Andover finally approved an override,
rendering Diane Huster and the
"Desperate Housewives" completely
irrelevant and ineffective in town elections.

1 290 563
2 432 566
3 357 468
4 544 523
5 190 172
6 766 520
7 817 455
8 765 494
Total 4161 3761

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Hispanic Week Schedule 2007

Thursday June 7th - 6pm
VIP Dinner - Wyndham HotelANDOVER.

Sunday. - June 10 - 6-9pm
Haitian Night 94 Broadway
Peruvian NightSt. Mary’s

Monday June 11 - 6-9pm
Colombian & Salvadorian Night
Galaxia 6-9pm

Tuesday June 126-9pm
Ecuadorian Night - TBA

Wednesday, June 13 - 6-11pm
Puerto Rican Night -Pemberton Park

Thursday June 14th 6-11pm
Dominican Night- Pemberton Park

Friday June 15
Hispanic Week Activities on the
Common begin at NOON!

Saturday June 16th Hispanic Week Activities
on the Common - Noon - 11pm

Sunday, June 17th
Hispanic Week Parade - Noon2-11pm
MORE festivities on the common

For more information you can visit Hispanic week on line

Monday, May 28, 2007

Hero Veteran Speaks at Memorial Day Service in North Andover

Local Hero Speaks on War on Terror

Memorial Day Services were held all around the Merrimack Valley today in honor of those who lost their lives serving the United States Armed Forces. In North Andover, Massachusetts, Valley Patriot of the Month, Thomas Hudner, a Medal of Honor recipient, spoke to the hundreds of onlookers about the sacrifices made by the men and women of the United States Military. His speech is published below.

Also present were former Valley Patriot Heroes, James Cassidy, Ed Mitchell, John Doherty, Bill Callahan, LST Commander James Henderson, and several others who participated in the honoring of our servicemen and women.

(As a side note, I found it amazing that those who proclaim to support the troops, but not their mission in Iraq, were NOWHERE to be found today in Lawrence or North Andover (and I suspect around the nation) when our brave troops were being honored. If these cowards who reiterate the propaganda of our enemies while pretending to support our troops really and truly cared, why are they ALWAYS noticeably absent whenever Memorial day, Veteran's day or other days of commemoration for the troops roll around? The Valley Patriot would like to thank all those who honored our heroes today, and in their memory we have been granted permission from World War II and Korean War Hero Thomas Hudner to post his speech given at the Ridgewood Cemetery in North Andover Massachusetts at noon time today.)

Thomas Hudner

"It was 232 years ago, within a day’s march of where we are now gathered, that the first shots were fired in Concord that marked the start of a war that changed history. It signaled the start of “A new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

In that battle and the ensuing war, a tiny nation stood up to the world’s greatest power in its quest for freedom. Because of brilliant leadership, a dedication to the belief that all mend are created equal and a relentless determination to attain liberty in the face of almost insurmountable hardships, that small group of colonies conquered its former oppressor and has since evolved into the greatest nation in the history of mankind.

Close by are memorials to all those patriots of generations past who gave their lives to preserve those liberties, not only for us Americans, but also for the people of those nations around the globe who looked to us to attain or maintain theirs.

Today we are observing Memorial Day which commemorates all those who gave their lives in the defense of that “New nation’s freedoms and equality of all men which are articulated in our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. It is an occasion for the American people to reflect on the sacrifices in human lives which led to the independence and the growth and the maturation of our country and of the freedoms we now enjoy.

My generation has experienced three major wars; World War II, The Korean War and the Viet Nam War. World War II was fought by the great generation of Americans who saved the world from fascist aggression and secured the blessings of liberty or hundreds of millions of people around the world. Four hundred thousand American sided in that war and of over 16 million who fought in it, less than 4 million are still alive today. And, 100,000 more American lives were lost in Korea and Viet Nam in the cause of freedom.

Today, their descendants are fighting a global war against terrorism. They are serving and sacrificing in Afghanistan and Iraq and at other outposts on the front lines of freedom. The lives of every one of them are precious to their loved ones and to our nation. And each life given in the name of liberty is a life that has not been lost in vain.

This war in which we are now engaged, truly another world war, is a vicious guerrilla war, one in which religious zealots are determined to destroy us. It is a war between two cultures, one which values life and the dignity of man and the other which considers that any lives sacrificed for violation of Islamic Law, regardless of sex or age, are a tribute to Allah.

Although most fighting is in Iraq and Afghanistan, the enemy is striking in locations all throughout the world, intent on destroying the civilized world we live in. And it WILL be a long war.

We have taken the position that the terrorists must be confronted and destroyed where possible. We offer prayers every day for the safety of our troops and for their success in subjugating the evil that has been infiltrating through our and other societies for many years.

Our precious freedoms and our way of life envied throughout the world have been attained only through great sacrifice and the wisdom of those who came before us.

Today, also, we share the sorrow of the mothers and fathers and families and friends of those who never returned from the field of battle. They have suffered the greatest human tragedy – the loss of sons and daughters, spouses and brothers and sisters.

America has always been a beacon of hope for freedom for oppressed and threatened people of the world over. We have used our military might to enable other people, as well as our own, to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And it has been our veterans throughout history who have been the key players in making the world a safer and better place to live.

We must give special thanks to those veterans who bear the scars of combat, many of whom are disabled and in need of constant medical care. Our hospitals are full of veterans suffering from illnesses and injuries incurred during combat or from the rigors of military service, afflictions that prevent them from living pain free lives enjoyed by most Americans.

So, today we express our honor to those men and women who have followed in the footsteps of our forefathers starting with the colonists and the minutemen. They were, and are today, those who were willing to fight as necessary to perpetuate the way of life passed down to them by warriors of earlier generations. They know there is no glory in war; it can be utter hell. But, thanks to them, we are living here in peace.

In closing, let is be reminded of President Abraham Lincoln’s words in 1863 at the cemetery by the battlefield of Gettysburg, and I quote;

“The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which, they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they have the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shot have died in vain….”

With Americans fighting in the cause of freedom in a land almost half a world away, think of how applicable Lincoln’s words are today. Although eh spoke of he dead, his words apply equally to those men and women in uniform who are devoted to the cause of freedom and peace.

We are blessed to be Americans. Let us not, in the selfishness of forgetfulness betray those we honor this morning. Our legacy from them, obtained at the cost of the blood of millions, is priceless.

God Bless them, - And god bless us all. "


(All pictures (c) copyright, 2007 The Valley Patriot)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Front Runner Tsongas Calls For Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq

Front Runner Tsongas Calls For
Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq
Former Congressman Jim Shannon Endorses Tsongas
Tom Duggan, The Valley Patriot

Niki Tsongas, the front runner in the race for the 5th congressional district visited the city of Lawrence last night at the opening of her Essex Street headquarters only feet away from city hall.

Tsongas is seeking to replace Marty Meehan who abandoned his position in congress to take a job at the University of Massachusetts after denying to The Valley Patriot that he was even looking to leave his elected post in Washington.

As part of her 24 hour bus tour throughout the district, Tsongas was met by former mayoral candidate Marcos Devers, Lawrence High School teacher Pedro Payano, Carlos Campana and several other Lawrence residents who were responsible for opening the headquarters downtown. A few days ago Andover State Rep. Barry Finegold opened his Lawrence headquarters on Essex St. a few blocks away.

Tsongas was accompanied by former Lawrence Congressman Jim Shannon who endorsed her saying “There is only one candidate that we have running for congress in this district who can really hit the ground running and have a big impact in Washington from the day she gets there ...Niki Tsongas.”

Shannon said he had had many opportunities to work with Tsongas on various projects troughout the years, adding “the number one priority has to be [to] send a strong voice to Washington and stop wasting the millions in the middle east and bring them home where they can do more good.”

Tsongas of said her number one priority, “it is clear to me that we can no longer pursue a policy of folly in Iraq. And as a member of congress, if elected, I would commit to ending that war and ending it now so we can no longer …” the applause in the room was so loud that Tsongas could to be heard finishing her sentence.
Tsongas is running for the democrat nomination against Lowell city councilor Eileen Donoghue, Andover state representative Barry Finegold, and representatives Jim Miceli and Jamie Eldridge.
Also calling for the surrender of U.S. troops to the Muslim terrorists in Iraq is Lowell city councilor Eileen Donoghue and representative Jamie Eldridge.
Neither Tsongas, Eldridge nor Donoghue have addressed what the U.S. should do to quell the millions of deaths and tortures that will take place at the hands of the Muslim terrorists once the US leaves the region. In fact, none of the candidates who favor surrendering in Iraq have addressed how to fight the Muslim terrorists around the world who have declared war on the United States.
...and to date, none of them have even listed "defeating the terrorists" as one of their main priorities when listing "health care," "econimic development" and "global warming" as their main issues.
Tom Duggan

Monday, May 7, 2007

Siglo21 Misleading Latinos

Last week Siglo 21, (a partially bilingual newspaper) printed the following paragraphs about the ACLU and our website posting about the meeting: (Siglo21)

"Tommy Duggan, the director of The Valley Patriot, the only member of the Anglo-American press present at the gathering with the ACLU, reported the event on his web page with the following words: "And all the criminals, cop haters and social malcontents came out of the woodwork to tell their sad and sordid tales of victimization at the hands of the evil, white, racists at the Lawrence Police Department." With those remarks, Duggan dismissed the complaints as claims coming from Latino delinquents taking advantage of the racial conflict to justify their antisocial behavior. To validate his point of view, the director of The Valley Patriot forgot to mention that there were "white Americans" at the meeting who gave their testimony regarding police violence. Mr. Duggan also failed to mention in his initial report that some of the victims pointed to Latino policemen as part of the abusive officers."

The only problem here is, this is a blatant falsehood (lie?).

There was only one "white American" who spoke at the ACLU meeting among all the cop bashing that went on and it was Kurt Charenza (who didn't bash anybody).

Charenza, a decorated military man, did not speak one word about police abuse, racism or police brutality. His beef (the only one who seemed to have a legitimate complaint that night) was that he was stabbed and beaten by civilians to the point of having permanent nerve damage to his face and, according to Charenza, the Lawrence police refused to investigate the crime.

This is a far cry from what Siglo21 described as: "white Americans at the meeting who gave their testimony regarding police violence."

It is sad, yet predictable that the Spanish language media cannot give an accurate portrayal of what happens at meetings like this because they are so beholden to an agenda of promoting fear and distrust among Latinos towards the police.

The only "Latino policeman" mentioned at that meeting was by Mr. Charenza who mentioned a "Latino" police officer he spoke with while trying to get his case resolved.

Mr. Charenza did not ever make an allegation that he was abused by Lawrence cops and the fact that Siglo21 would promote such a lie only goes to show what lengths people will go to promote hate.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Ethics in the Eagle Tribune

Did anyone else notice in the Alabama Eagle~Tribune's story on Ethics among elected officials on Sunday quoted Lawrence Council President Patrick Blanchette without mentioning that he had his city council office renovated out of the DPW budget, all the while he was calling for the firing of John Griffin for having his office renovated out of someone else's budget???
Well, I guess the Trib isn't going to tell you that now because they never covered the story when it happened. ONly the Valley Patriot covered THAT story.
Did anyone notice they didn't mention Blanchette had his own street paved at 200% the original bid?
Isn't it hysterical that the Tribune goes out of their way to quote Blanchette on ETHICS (of all things) without mentioning HIS conflicts of interest and ethics questions! How come they didn't mntion how many ethics complaints Blanchette has filed? It's called journalism, and the Trib is doing a sloppy job at it while they bend over backwards (forward?) to ease the coming blows out of the ethics commission.
Just to top it all off, then Mark Vogler (Blanchette's press boy) quotes him in a story about TREES in Lawrence... LMAO, I guess Mr. Vogler couldn't find any other relevant city officials to interview so he just threw another bone to Blanchette to give him more ink.
Why was there no mention of the fact that Blanchette has been advocating for the LOWEST bidders on property the city is disposing of?
Maybe they should rename the Eagle~Tribune to "Patrick's Pravda!"

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Valley Patriot Blog

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