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The University of Michigan could deny Richard Spencer a victory by agreeing to let the white nationalist speak on the Ann Arbor campus. Spencer was not looking for an audience when he asked to address the liberal campus; he was seeking a confrontation the school likely could not win. UM...
DEAR ABBY: My wife, “Karen,” loves to sing karaoke along with many others, most of whom are vocally challenged. Listening to some of them can be grueling when we go out. Karen knows many of these “performers,” and when they finish, she goes and tells them what a great job they’ve done. When I...
Star Wars fans can rejoice, it is the time of year that has recently become known as new Star Wars movie time. For the third year in a row Disney has put out a new Star Wars film as they have each December since 2015 when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” a.k.a. episode VII, was released. Following...
Until recently, most Americans didn’t know CHIP. But the Children’s Health Insurance Plan went mainstream this week. On Monday, late-night television host Jimmy Kimmel criticized the failure of Congress to extend, and reauthorize funding for, CHIP. During a monologue that went viral on social...
The U.S. Postal Service was scheduled to issue a 70 cent stamp depicting a California dog-faced butterfly this month. However, it appears that the first class mail rate increase taking effect in January has changed that plan. There are no hobby shows scheduled on Christmas Eve Sunday. This...
DEAR ABBY: My parents have been divorced for 15 years. Dad is remarried; my mother lives alone. My brother and I alternate holidays every year, and this year he was supposed to host our mother. Instead, he just informed me he has decided to invite our father and his wife to dinner, leaving our...
This past Wednesday the Silverado headed north early to get me to a Board Meeting of the New England Outdoor Writers Association. The group schedules the December quarterly board meeting each year at Kittery Trading Post in Kittery, Maine. Now if you just arrived in America and have never done...
I gawk at baseball and basketball statistics, I can’t put it any other way. Opening up a box score brings pleasantries and surprises, like when a game completes and you see a player put up 25 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists or in baseball, goes three-for-four with a home run, three RBI and a...
Editor’s Note: Questions should be directed to PC Doctor, care of the Athol Public Library, info@athollibrary.org or Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, MA 01331 or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: I use Gmail. It has a lot of storage, so I save all my messages. Some...
Republicans on Capitol Hill have a new sense of urgency to pass their tax plan now that the slim GOP Senate majority will get even slimmer with Democrat Doug Jones’ election in Alabama. They appear to have negotiated all the main points of contention, and a deal is imminent. Even aside from the...

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