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Shockingly, half of all kids are bullied. And at least half of all kids should bear the name “Bully.” We know that bullying goes on all the time among students, thanks to the media, but what’s happening on the home front? A far bigger story is to be told. For example, the child who refuses to...
DEAR ABBY: My 22-year-old son is going to visit his father and get his third tattoo. I don’t like it, but I can’t control my son. He’s an adult. His father is retired and lives on his wife’s pension. It is my understanding that they are wealthy. My concern is for our 14-year-old daughter. My ex...
Members of the Athol Democratic Town Committee who attended a talk by Mayor Setti Warren recently included, left to right -- Bob Osborne, Margot Parrot, J.R. Greene, Wanda Davis, Chris Musante, Larry Musante, Joanie MacPhee, Warren, Mitchell Grosky.Photo/ Mitchell R. Grosky
Setti Warren asks, “What kind of a Commonwealth do we want to be? Who are we in this state? Are we OK with people making choices in health care by paying for a doctor's visit or paying for the mortgage? Are we OK with people being crushed with student debt, not being able to afford to pay for...
DEAR ABBY: I’m worried about a close friend I have known for about 10 years. She’s well-educated, independent and family-oriented. She has been online dating for quite a while and continually meets guys who have criminal backgrounds. She dated one of them on the down low for two years because...
If newly named White House Chief of Staff John Kelly succeeds in bringing some order to the chaos that has so shaken the Trump administration, we hope he’ll get the president and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ponder this: the interim report of the president’s commission on opioid abuse. If...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a new first-class rate forever-stamped postal card on Aug. 11. The design will feature the Azulilio Chilean Blue Crocus blossom. The postal card will be issued in three versions: single card, one with an attached reply card, and in an uncut sheet of 40 cards....
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I work out at the same gym. Over the past several months it has gotten back to me that one of the trainers, “Bob,” has been talking negatively about me to some of the other members. My boyfriend works out with another trainer there, and during his workout, I...
With animated movies meant for children, having enough material for a sequel can be easier than in live action movies. The content can be more imaginary and out of this world, giving writers more freedom. With this summer’s ‘Despicable Me 3’ the writers got even more creative than in the first two...
Editor, Daily News Oli is right about the price of gasoline. This week I had the opportunity to travel outside of Athol. Gasoline at BJ’s in Fitchburg is $2.07 ($1.097 with their discount program). Stations in that area are within two or three cents of BJ’s price. Keene, N.H., was at $2.17,...
Every day, at pharmacies, nursing homes and hospitals across the nation, hundreds of thousands of pills and other medications are discarded and destroyed. Officially, these drugs are “expired” — a word that creates the impression that they no longer have therapeutic value and might be downright...

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