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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...
A decade after penning his best-selling 2005 autobiography, blonde-haired, blue-eyed 50s movie heartthrob Tab Hunter has transferred his life story to the big screen in the 90 minute documentary, “Tab Hunter Confidential.” “It’s been playing at film festivals this year to great reviews and this...
President Donald Trump? It might not be as far-fetched as most of the talking heads who seem to exist for the sole purpose of populating Sunday morning political talk shows would have you believe. For months, they’ve predicted that the political newcomers at the top of the Republican primary polls...
Canada Post released four Christmas mailing stamps on Nov. 2. Three of the stamps feature animals dressed up in winter clothing, while a fourth has a Madonna and Child religious theme.  The permanent-rate first-class stamp will feature a moose, the $1.20 stamp a beaver, and the $2.50 stamp a...

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