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 This dormitory on Shepardson Road in Warwick, torn down many years ago, was the centerpiece of the Brotherhood of the Spirit commune, with more than 200 members. 
“The mind-blowing saga of the Brotherhood of the Spirit is essential to anyone wishing to understand how and why the Pioneer Valley is what it is today.” So stated Tom Devine, a blogger from Northampton who once spent a week at the Brotherhood’s commune in Warwick. Devine’s observation may be an...
Editor, Daily News House Speaker, Paul Ryan, says he is not ready to jump on presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump’s bandwagon. Ryan says he is not there right now because he doesn’t know if Mr. Trump supports the Republican ideology. It seems to me that the voters do not support...
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in a case brought by former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. He argued that just because he and his wife took $177,000 in loans, vacations and lavish gifts in exchange for using the governor’s office to promote a dietary supplement, it doesn’t mean...
DEAR ABBY: I have been in a relationship with my high school sweetheart for six years. He is only the second person I have been intimate with. I love him and am pretty sure that we will end up marrying. Neither of us has ever cheated. The problem is that I’m having doubts about my lack of...
I hope all of the moms who read this article had a great Mother’s Day this past weekend! Those of you who are raising the young ladies and gentlemen that are a part of the Wild Knights Chess Club have plenty of reason to be proud of the job you are doing with our future! These young Knights...
Written by Julia Donaldson ——— “A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood,” begins The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson. On his stroll, the mouse bumps into and has to outsmart, a fox, a snake, and an owl. To ward off his potential predators, the mouse describes a creature who is...
Editor, Daily News In his letter to the editor, “Defending the Message,” Ben Grosscup raises a number of serious issues about the future of Israel and the plight of the Palestinians. His argument is heavy on criticism, but light on the constructive, solution-oriented thinking demanded by the...
California state and local governments continue to try to crack down on e-cigarettes, or vaporizers, and regulate them like cigarettes, yet mounting data show that the devices are far safer to users — and those around them — and have been proven effective at providing smokers an alternative to...
DEAR ABBY: “Doesn’t Want to Lose Him” (Dec. 16) wants breast implants, but her boyfriend is against it. I had breast augmentation at age 27 for the same reasons she wants them. I was flat-chested, and clothing, especially summer clothing, never fit or looked right. My husband was supportive, and...
At some point in our country’s evolution, we developed certain hard-line philosophies about criminals and redemption that have less to do with justice or deterrence than with revenge. Once a felon, always a felon, the thinking goes. Your record travels with you to the workplace. You lose your...

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