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DEAR ABBY: My life is boring, repetitive and I am often depressed. I have trouble talking to others, which makes things harder. Every day is the same: Get up, go to a long day of school, come home, do homework, play video games, draw, go to bed. The weekends aren’t much better. My family never...
Jason Lefsyk stands at the entrance of his home on Pleasant Street in Athol. Photo by Brandy Lefsyk
If you drive around the residential neighborhoods of Athol and Orange, you can see lots of nice houses, but unfortunately there are also a large number of forlorn run-down buildings, some occupied and some vacant.  These are hard times economically for many residents, who simply can’t afford to...
One of the most consequential departments in the federal government is now run by one of the most debated members of President Trump’s Cabinet. In a tie vote broken by Vice President Mike Pence, longtime influential Republican Betsy DeVos was confirmed as America’s secretary of Education....
DEAR ABBY: I had planned to wait until my daughter was 12 and in the sixth grade to teach her about sex. Unfortunately, she was given a very thorough, graphically described education by a playmate. At the time, her playmate was in second grade. My daughter was in the third grade. I was devastated...
Last week, Republicans in Congress took their first steps toward dismantling some Obama-era regulations. This came as no surprise, but the optics of it were spectacularly brutal. The first regulation to be dumped was the Stream Protection Rule. Thanks to the Senate and House, coal-mining...
Here is a fact about consumer electronics, sometimes companies will all develop the same technology despite there being no interest from consumers. Smartwatches come to mind as a recent example of this. Overnight every company was working on a smartwatch. Now, sales of smartwatches are in the...
DEAR ABBY: I need advice on how to deal with my 18-year-old daughter. A few months ago she was ready to go to college. Then she met this guy via Snapchat. He’s unemployed, lives with a friend who is under house arrest, has a criminal record and has nothing to offer her. We took our car away from...
Editor, Daily News February is American Heart Month, so before you think about what kind of flowers or type of candy to buy for Valentine’s Day, choose the valentine that is better than any box of chocolates or bouquet of expensive red roses: Show your love by supporting your sweetheart in...
The college campus should provide a free and peaceable marketplace of diverse religious, political, cultural and philosophical ideas as a foundation to learning. All over the country, university administrators have endangered free speech. They have elevated feelings and oversensitivity as higher...
DEAR ABBY: My husband is a very aggressive driver. He tailgates, cuts people off, narrates “play by play” during driving and stresses me out. He was involved in two accidents that I am convinced were his fault, although one was blamed on the other driver. Fortunately, nobody was hurt. Because...

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