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DEAR ABBY: I spent an evening with a guy I’ve been wanting to date for some time. After a few drinks he confided to me that he has a serious heart condition. He said he doesn’t expect to live past age 23 and he could die any day. I don’t know the details of his condition, but I’m sure he...
Julianna E. Fitzpatrick
Did you know that all it takes is 15 minutes a day of reading aloud to a child to give them a significant advantage over kids who have not been read to? I advocate for reading aloud to children. In today’s day and age, many parents are often too busy and too distracted to take the time to read to...
Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg speaks from behind a podium outside his office at the Statehouse to a throng of media Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Boston.  AP Photo/Bob Salsberg
I was all set to write my column about the many good things that Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) has done for the six North Quabbin towns in his large district, and you’ll see more about that below. But first, I admit that I hesitated when Stan became front-page news last week...
If you’re a victim of sexual harassment and you work for Congress, you can’t complain to the human resources department. You can’t file a lawsuit, either — at least not until you’ve gone through months of mandatory counseling and mediation designed to keep such complaints out of court. And out...
DEAR ABBY: I am not a hugger. In fact, I pretty much always hate it. But people think I’m rude when I don’t open my arms to hug after they’ve opened theirs. And they also think I’m rude when I tell them I’m not really a hugger. It happens with friends, fellow church congregants and audience...
Editor, Daily News It was heartening to see, in the past couple of issues of the Athol Daily News, that people in this community are rallying around the American citizens in Puerto Rico that are struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Local folks, young (ARMS students) and older (...
You can mess with Big Tobacco, Big Pharma and Big Oil. But don’t dare mess with Big Sugar. Those guys play hardball. Around the globe, nothing sells like soft drinks, which are loaded with sugar and have been linked to rising obesity and diabetes rates. The political battlefield is littered...
DEAR ABBY: I’m a teenage girl who has always heard and seen on TV and in movies that there’s pressure from guys to have sex. That may be true, but I feel there is also pressure from society. I never thought I would feel like that when I got to high school, but now I do. It hurts, and I am writing...
An unfortunately high number of Americans will allow party loyalty to guide their support or rejection of the GOP tax bill awaiting congressional approval. The 440-page House tax bill, approved Nov. 16, merits skepticism regardless of which party you support. Tom Barthold, the nonpartisan chief...
The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders for the five-ounce silver collector version of the George Rogers Clark National Park coin today, Dec. 5. These are sold at a premium over their bullion value. The U.S. Mint is also ending sales of a number of products at the end of this month. These...

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