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Sen. James Inhofe, R., Okla., is working overtime to save Americans from the threat of cleaner air. “I will be working with my Senate colleagues in pursuing legislation to protect American taxpayers from EPA’s aggressive regulatory agenda,” Mr. Inhofe said in response to new ground-level ozone...
DEAR ABBY: I am a 20-year-old woman. A few months ago, my boyfriend (my very first boyfriend) committed suicide. I feel absolutely destroyed. The problem is, my family doesn’t regard my feelings of grief seriously because our relationship was started and maintained online. We lived several...
Volunteers installed winserts last year at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St., Athol. North Quabbin Energy has been successfully promoting the winsert program in the region for several years.
Drafty windows, inadequate insulation and other flaws in aging buildings are a problem throughout the North Quabbin Region, but help is on its way in the form of winserts. These are low tech lightweight wooden frames, along with plastic and/or foam, installed in existing windows both in public...
As if the Affordable Care Act’s massive increase in government intervention in the U.S. health care system was not enough of a problem, it appears that the system practically invites waste, fraud and abuse, according to a series of government oversight reports. In the latest report, the U.S....
DEAR ABBY: My mother calls me all the time. I answer sometimes, but sometimes I don’t because I feel she wants to know too much about my life. I work full time with the public. When I get home, I’m tired. I have talked to people all day long, and I really don’t feel like entertaining her. My...
Viewers who watched Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate hoping to see a fiery duel between the two front-runners, Ben Carson and Donald Trump, were disappointed. Instead, the pivotal clash was between two Florida politicians, former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio — and Bush lost....
DEAR ABBY: In my opinion, too many young people today are shortchanged when it comes to manners and etiquette. The knowledge of how wonderful it is to receive written acknowledgment of gifting is rapidly fading. A quick note of appreciation for any kind of thoughtful gesture lifts the giver’s...
DEAR ABBY: My friendships have always included people of different races, religions, nationalities, sexual orientations, professions, etc. A few years ago, I had an experience that was both devastating and humbling on several different levels. It caused me to do a lot of introspection and self-...
Josh Schoorens, left, faces one of his toughest competitors at the Stoughton Public Library chess tournament -- his sister Rebekah Schoorens. The pair represented the Wild Knights Chess Club from the Athol Public Library. (Read the Wild Notes column on page 10 today).
Our local chess club fared quite well at the Stoughton Public Library’s chess tournament on Saturday. Josh, Rebekah and Susan Schoorens all participated, along with me, in the six and a half hour event. As most of our readers know, Josh and Rebekah are the top two players from the Wild Knights...
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona recently released a damning report about the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, using documents obtained from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit as evidence of an out-of-control agency that abuses citizens’ constitutional rights with impunity...

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