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Dear Pet Talk:  What is the most puppies a dog should have in order to stay healthy?  — Jaden Diaz-Rodruguez; Mrs. Bourque’s Fourth Grade, South Street Elementary School, Fitchburg Dear Jaden: The answer is ZERO. Dogs and cats (like humans and other mammals) do not have to “have babies” in...
Editor, Daily News In teaching biology and math courses in a 10-year period in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, I have found many students unprepared to do college level work. I’d gladly work with these students to aid them in adjusting to a college discipline but there are many drawbacks to...
When President Obama submitted his proposed budget one year ago, he claimed that he wanted to do away with the “mindless austerity” of the sequestration, which had provided some measure of limitation on government spending. Then in December, aided and abetted by a Republican-controlled Congress,...
DEAR ABBY: I am 18 and in my sophomore year of college. A month ago, my family went through some major hardships. It came out that “Uncle Mark” has been cheating on my aunt for years and is moving his mistress to our area. They have two children, a son in elementary school and a daughter, “Dana,”...
We have a crisis on our hands as it goes to the education of our youth. And it’s not about the quality of the education served up in our schools. It’s about the number of students who don’t even show up to the table for a taste, and the breakdown in our society that has produced parents who can’...
DEAR ABBY: I am a divorced father who has recently remarried. I have parenting time with my children one weeknight and every other weekend. My children have told me that during the week they prefer doing their homework at their mother’s home. They say that by the time I pick them up, prepare...
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, MA 01331, or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: Could you provide an explanation of how to provide...
Editor, Daily News Good morning, America, how are you? As Willie Nelson poses this question in his version of “City Of New Orleans,” it seems there really ought to be an answer. Yup — and it ain’t lookin’ good. Intense politics has spread over the land like a wave of infectious ooze-covered...
Beware of do-gooders with dollar signs in their eyes. People donate their hard-earned money because they want to support a worthy cause. The fastest way for a charity to lose the public’s trust is for its administrators to treat donated money as their personal stash. We’ve watched tough-guy...
DEAR ABBY: “Roger” and I have been seeing each other for two years. (We are both 50.) He is very handsome. We go to movies, ride our bikes together, work out at the gym and attend other events. He calls me every night, sends emails during the day — even calls me when he’s on a break from work....

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