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Despite the colloquialization of the holiday to Presidents Day, today officially remains Washington’s Birthday. Thanks to the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, however, the day we honor the father of his country and first president will never actually fall on his birthday, Feb. 22. Perhaps, as a...
Editor, Daily News A woman of courage and conviction, Polly Cooke Clark Whipps set a unique and inspiring tone. She lived her life with independence and faith, and no one worked harder (and no one had more fun). Like so many people, I am very grateful for Polly. Like many, I will miss her...
DEAR ABBY: I have been working for four years. I need to work to help my husband financially. However, over the last few months, I’ve felt torn about not being a stay-at-home mom. My grandmother, who is in her 70s, has been taking care of my son full time while I work, but her health isn’t the...
The decision to use deadly force shouldn’t depend on municipal boundaries. Police agencies here can and should lead the way by coming together around a common set of standards and practices that protect both police officers and the citizens they serve. On Aug. 19, 2014, 10 days after Michael...
Editor, Daily News More than 1,475 Massachusetts households in need of warmth last winter received energy assistance thanks to the Good Neighbor Energy Fund. Now, with the arrival of colder winter temperatures, more Massachusetts families in temporary crisis due to a loss of a job or unexpected...
The U.S. Mint will offer two new products for sale this week. Items can be ordered from them by calling 800-USA-MINT, or by visiting their website at www.usmint.gov. On Feb. 16, the mint will accept orders for the 2016 Presidential Dollar Proof Set. This will contain proof strikes from the San...
The newest Marvel super hero movie ‘Deadpool’ is definitely not a kids’ movie with moderate violence and a few swears. It is a movie for adults that have a pretty wild sense of humor. There is a large amount of violence, graphic sexual humor and just crazy stuff.  A former special operative...
The Springfield Sportsman’s Show will be running at the Big E in West Springfield this month. This is major show with literally something for every outdoors person. The Springfield Sportsmen’s Show is undisputedly the largest “pure” sportsmen’s show in the Northeast! This mega sporting event takes...
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...

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