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All too often, American military veterans find themselves struggling with mental health and substance abuse problems — often related to service-related issues like post-traumatic stress disorder. Unsupported, these problems can lead to poverty, homelessness and involvement with the criminal...
DEAR ABBY: I’m 51 and my boyfriend is 43. We’ve been dating for eight months, living together for five. We met at work a few months before we started dating. We get along great and never argue, but he won’t let me meet his family. He has never been married and has no children. He sees his mom...
Editor, Daily News An employee at Athol McDonald’s who is a child with a learning disability and extreme bashfulness was shamed by the new owner! In front of customers and employees she intimidated this 17-year-old child and made her cry and then responded with, “Oh, look, I made her cry!”...
Linq, a.k.a. Diane Lincoln, explains her new CD cover includes a sketch by Royalston artist Gordon Morrison which "he drew for me to use to make a visual statement about the song, 'Time to Draw the Line.'" The words are depicted as melting blocks of ice, hinting at climate change.  
Orange native Sarah Wells, director of land protection at the Athol-based Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, is a dynamic young woman who cares about the environment. She is not alone. People in our region have shared a strong environmental ethic for decades, based on love of nature, not...
DEAR ABBY: I am a father of two girls. Both of them no longer see, talk to or contact me. I’m divorced from their mother. She cheated on me after she went back to work and met a man she decided was her soul mate. That was 17 years ago. I haven’t talked to or seen my ex in all those years, and...
Nostalgia is a funny thing. It can make even the worst things seem like they were great when held in juxtaposition to the present; rose-tinted 20-20 hindsight and all that jazz. Nostalgia is not always a good thing, like when you reminisce that “New Kids on the Block were great back when I was in...
Medical professionals have the right to protect people — that’s what a federal appeals court in Florida unanimously ruled on Feb. 16 when it said doctors can’t be penalized for discussing gun safety with their patients. It was a well-deserved comeuppance for the gun lobby and its latest ploy to...
DEAR ABBY: I read your column all the time. My husband and I have been married for 35 years. My husband has good friends who are women, and I have never objected when he stayed with them when he traveled from our home to Michigan. One of the women he stays with called and they talked for hours....
The federal government’s “war on drugs” has been a spectacular failure here in the U.S., but that still pales in comparison to its monumental debacle in Afghanistan. One of the goals of the massive reconstruction effort in Afghanistan was to eradicate the country’s opium production, whose...
DEAR ABBY: I recently enrolled in an internet dating site, and have been cyber-chatting with a very sweet gentleman. I am also 62 years young. My problem is I’m borderline obese, have gray hair, a few wrinkles and some dental problems. It’s the reason I don’t post photos of myself. Someday, he...

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