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DEAR PET TALK: What do you do if you find a baby animal like a squirrel or bunny? — Animal Lover ——— DEAR ANIMAL LOVER: We talked to Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Sigrid Warren to get a specific answer to this question, as there are very strict rules regarding wildlife. Here’s what she...
America is schizophrenic when it comes to rules. We celebrate the rule of law, rightly so, as a founding principle of our nation. Respect for the law has been essential to America’s survival because it sets an orderly process to hold all accountable according to what’s supposed to be a universal...
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: Sometimes, when I’m on the internet, I’ll go to...
The perfect example of what has happened to government ethics this year popped up on April 5 in a blog post on the State Department’s ShareAmerica.gov promotional website. Of all the wonders in this great land, the department chose to promote one owned by President Donald Trump, the Mar-a-Lago...
DEAR ABBY: I’m 15. I lost my dad two months ago. I found him when I got out of the shower. He had overdosed on heroin. Heroin controlled Dad’s life ever since I was little, but that never stopped me from being me. My family has had it pretty rough, but that never stopped me from being me, either...
Editor, Daily News Saturday, May 13, marks the 25th anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving — the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food drive. Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality for too many,...
Preschool students Lia Castillo, left, and Kendal Peckham work together to build a tower in the Athol Community Elementary School classroom taught by Julie Stanley.  Photo by Julie Stanley
What does a special needs teacher do all day with 35 preschoolers — many categorized as “special needs” students because they are not moving along developmental milestones at what is considered a “typical rate?” The short answer is this: She gets down on the floor and plays hard and works hard...
President Donald Trump told Fox Business News on April 13: “We’ve done an amazing job on regulations. We’ve freed it up. We freed up this country so much.” Last month, Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, freed up the country to continue using a pesticide called...
We all love our smartphones. They enhance our lives in so many useful ways, but they are not without their downsides too. For instance, last week my wife and I took a trip to Scotland, and anyone who has ever taken their phone on an international trip can attest, it’s not a cheap endeavor....
DEAR ABBY: I’ve been married almost four years. My husband and I are both barely 40, still quite young, but we have sex only once or twice a month. Our relationship is great, and we love each other. I just wish we had sex more often. I’ve told him I would like more, but it stays the same. When...

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