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The Civil War is a tragic and unavoidable part of American history. The Confederacy lost, and the union was preserved. The Union’s monumental victory was one that absolutely deserves commemoration in public places because the Union was fighting for a right and good cause. Though the courage and...
DEAR ABBY: My mother raised my two nephews because of their parents’ drug addiction. They are now adults (21 and 25). As a result of these circumstances, Mom was never able to be a fun, doting grandmother to her other grandchildren. My nephews needed stability, and I helped often. I lived three...
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 made the mistake of using the wifi in a...
Kudos to Defense Secretary James Mattis, who on May 1 halted the Pentagon’s practice of allowing athletes at the nation’s military academies to work around their commitment to serve on active duty in order to play professional sports. For eons, athletes, like their peers at the nation’s service...
DEAR ABBY: I am a 40-year-old childless single woman. I spent several years doing various day care jobs and have great love for children, but due to female health issues, I am unable to have my own. I have a great job and home, but cannot afford fertility treatments or adoption, both of which are...
 A sharp reduction in use of plastic bags is the goal of conservationists worldwide. This poster, found on the internet, is from a successful campaign conducted by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) of the United Kingdom. The MCS web site stated, "Levels of beach litter have doubled over the last two decades. MCS works to clear our seas of the rising tide of rubbish that is so dangerous to sea life, including seabirds, whales and dolphins."
I’ve learned how to “just say no” to the single-use plastic bags that are commonly used in supermarkets and other retail stores, and urge others to join this effort. My resolution to do this came after reading information from environmental and wildlife protection groups on the harm caused by...
Monday’s terrorist attack in Britain’s third-largest city, Manchester, marks a new low, even for Islamic State. The target was an Ariana Grande concert whose audience was largely teenagers and pre-teens with their parents. In the twisted minds of Islamic State followers, not even children should...
DEAR ABBY: I am a gay man who has been dating a divorced man for nine months. I’m 25 and he is 50. He was married to a woman for more than 20 years and has three children. (I am the age between his middle and oldest children.) We met one day and have never been apart since. It started great. We...
Editor, Daily News The public schools in the United States are charged with facilitating public deliberation of controversial school curriculum. The nature of a controversy is a dispute that is prolonged, impassioned, and often public in nature. For schools, this can entail managing negotiations...
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married 10 years, and he treats my family and friends very different compared to how he treats his own. A few months ago, my sister called me at 9 p.m. She was driving through on her way to Florida with her 7-year-old daughter and had been trying for an hour...

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