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By just about any measure, the Transportation Security Administration has been a failure. A recent undercover test provides even further evidence of this, as if any were needed. The TSA was a mess before it was merged, along with 21 other federal agencies, into the superbureaucracy known as the...
DEAR ABBY: I am a Yale-trained pediatric nurse with a post-master’s as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I respectfully ask that you retract your answer to “First-Time Mom in New Jersey” (June 21). I’m concerned your response will encourage other mothers to buy into the incorrect assumption that...
There was a time when the Quabbin Reservoir was a place with a very high deer density and no hunting allowed. That was not good for the watershed and a controlled hunt was instituted. Since its creation in the 1930s, hunting had not been permitted on the Quabbin Reservation. Consequently,...
According to Guinness Book of Records, the longest-lived dog in the world was Bluey, above, an Australian Cattle Dog (medium size) who lived for 29 and a half years, dying in 1939. Public domain photo
DEAR PET TALK: How long does a really healthy dog live? — Alexei, 6th grade, Memorial Middle School ——— DEAR ALEXEI: Canine lifespans vary depending on the size of the breed. According to the American Kennel Club, “the average lifespan for small dog breeds ranges from 10 to 15 years, with...
Less than two weeks after undergoing brain surgery and a month after appearing dazed and confused during a congressional hearing, John McCain delivered a passionate, patriotic and cogent speech about the challenges facing the U.S. Senate as it considers health care legislation. McCain, a...
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I are expecting our first child. A friend of hers pulled me aside to ask if I had already gotten my wife a “push gift.” I have never heard of this, but apparently it’s supposed to be something nice, like jewelry, to celebrate the birth. We have already been spending a lot...
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 use Pinterest and something weird happened. I...
Military veterans of the war on terrorism deserve a memorial. Let’s hope they don’t have to wait as long for it as World War II veterans did theirs. Pittsburgher Andrew Brennan, an Army veteran who flew helicopters in Afghanistan, has been promoting the idea of a national memorial in Washington...
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend died unexpectedly a few months ago, and it has been a struggle to get through my sadness. We had been through a lot in the year and a half we were dating, including some infidelities on my part. Aside from my sadness and guilt, I’m struggling with the fear that I’ll never...
Dental hygienist Lynn Trinque uses a model pair of teeth to educate patients on the most effective tooth brushing techniques.                          Photo by Diane Keijzer
For more than three decades, starting when she was not quite 20 years old, Lynn Trinque of Gardner has cleaned the teeth and helped maintain healthy smiles for hundreds of North Quabbin residents. “I love my job,” she said emphatically, showing her own smile and positive outlook already familiar...

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