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DEAR ABBY: I recently met a 28-year-old father of three I’m interested in. He seems wonderful. He’s a hard worker, takes care of his responsibilities and is an amazing father to his children. They’re all still very little, but they’re great kids. The only thing that’s been on my mind lately is...
Editor’s Note: Questions should be directed to the PC Doctor, care of the Athol Public Library at info@athollibrary.org or by mail at Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, Mass. 01331, or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: I want to transfer a bunch of my CDs to my phone...
As the Trump administration considers more troops for Afghanistan and greater involvement in the Syrian civil war, Congress can no longer afford to stand idly while its war powers authority is usurped and eroded by the executive branch. President Donald Trump inherited counterterrorism wars on...
Editor, Daily News I would like to take a minute to congratulate two fine employees of the Athol Public Library who recently were chosen to receive the Margaret Grazis Town of Athol Employee of the Year Award — Karen McNiff and Anne Cutler-Russo. I had the great pleasure to work with these...
 This photo of the West Branch of the Tully River within Gifford Memorial Forest off Tully Road, Orange, was taken by Gail Oswald of Royalston when she joined Allen Young on a recent first-time hike there. She was inspired to create a pastel drawing of this scene, and it won "best in show" in the Millers River Watershed Council photography exhibit currently at Athol Public Library.
Hikes that traverse several miles, sometimes up and down steep terrain, are not for everyone. To some people, hiking is an activity only for people with excellent physical fitness — and it’s certainly true that the North Quabbin is a perfect place for that. However, for those who do not find a...
In December 2009, after the Affordable Care Act had undergone more than a year of Senate hearings and open debate, some provisions were hashed out in private just before the Senate vote. Sen. Mitch McConnell, then the House minority leader, was outraged. “This massive piece of legislation that...
DEAR ABBY: My brother is in a long-term relationship. Throughout my teenage years, he raped me every chance he got. The emotional and physical abuse has left my life broken. Should I tell his girlfriend about it? I did confront him about it, but he just denied it. Wouldn’t she want to know? —...
Let’s put aside for a moment the question of whether anyone connected to President Donald Trump colluded with Russia in its attempts to hack the 2016 election. Let’s not get into an argument about whether the effort changed any votes, not to speak of the outcome. Let’s not even worry about whether...
DEAR ABBY: I’ve been in an extramarital relationship for 10 years. My husband knows, and so do my close friends. I love this man dearly, but neither of us want it to be full-time. I have children at home and don’t want to disrupt anything. We meet once or twice a week. He touches base with me...
Parents enduring a summer of bored, misbehaving or depressed adolescents should hear Sen. Ben Sasse and read his book “The Vanishing American Adult.” Then they should reassess their views of the minimum wage. Through life experience, informal and formal education, Nebraska’s junior senator — a...

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