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Shortly after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, the incident that triggered America’s first war in the Middle East, the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution allowing Western naval forces operating in the Persian Gulf to enforce an economic embargo against the Iraqi strongman, in the hope a...
DEAR ABBY: Our house will soon be paid off. My husband and I would like to have a party to celebrate, but we’re not sure if we should. None of our friends are anywhere close to paying off their mortgages. We made the choice to drive old cars while our friends all have beautiful new ones, and we...
ollowing a year-long residence at Harvard Forest on a Bullard Fellowship, Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes has completed a book about this 100-year-old red oak tree growing there. The book is being released this spring with an event at Harvard Forest on May 2.  Photo by Lynda Mapes
Many area residents, especially those of us with a penchant to appreciate nature and history, are familiar with the intricate and beautiful dioramas in the Fisher Museum at Harvard Forest (HF) in Petersham. If you haven’t seen these 23 dioramas, which show how land use in the area has changed...
Editor, Daily News Orange has a bright future, if we embrace it and work for it. Orange needs forward looking leadership, wise planning, and careful spending. Kathy Reinig has provided just that, thoughtful and knowledgeable leadership for the past six years. I urge all Orange voters to vote for...
Our nation’s institutions of higher learning are supposed to be repositories of knowledge, enriched by the free flow of information and competition of ideas, but they are increasingly failing in this mission. Sadly, college campuses, which tend to embrace liberal ideologies, including tolerance...
DEAR ABBY: I have seen letters in your column from parents who want to ensure their children’s and teenagers’ safety when visiting their friends’ homes. A question parents need to ask the hosting parents is what their drug and alcohol policy is. We wrongly assumed (and trusted) that our daughter...
Yesterday afternoon I was on my way back from a routine doctor’s appointment when I received a text from my coworker Ashley Arseneau informing me that no one was able to get into our NewsEditPro cloud-based editorial software, being greeted instead with a strange error I was unfamiliar with. When...
Editor, Daily News I am impressed with Rep. Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman). He truly cares about the hard working taxpayers of Massachusetts. We are lucky he stepped forward to stop automatic gas tax hikes. If Geoff had not initiated the successful ballot question, there would have been three gas tax...
President Donald Trump has once again gone too far. This time it is with his attack on major news media as “the enemy of the American people.” But that doesn’t mean the attack is 100 percent wrong. Trump’s declaration, in a tweet, was inappropriate mostly because he is the president. The dignity...
DEAR ABBY: I have always tried to be a compassionate person. I have experienced a lot of abuse, and I’m sensitive to others who go through it. A man across the street from me has been arrested three times in the last six months for domestic abuse. I rarely see a woman there, so I don’t know if the...

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