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Ann Ravel, a Democratic member of the Federal Election Commission who resigned Sunday, has given President Donald Trump a golden opportunity to prove he meant what he said on the campaign trail about the corrosive influence of big-money donors on elections. Trump jumped the field in the...
Q. — Dear EarthTalk: Isn’t the increasing urbanization of our world good for reducing our carbon footprint given the efficiency benefits of greater density? —Simon Vorhees, Oak Park, IL A. — No doubt, the increased density of big cities leads to less energy use and fewer greenhouse gas...
DEAR ABBY: Recently, while making a purchase at a local store and handing the cashier my money, she asked, “How many months along are you?” I was confused for a moment, until I realized she had assumed I was pregnant. (I’m not.) When I told her I wasn’t, she just shrugged and said, “Oh.” Abby,...
Editor’s Note: Questions should be directed to the PC Doctor, care of the Athol Public Library at info@athollibrary.org or by mail at Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, Mass. 01331, or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: I heard that there’s a way to find out more...
Editor, Daily News I see that James Cornwell is challenging Kathy Reinig for a seat on the Orange selectboard. I have had many contacts with Mr. Cornwell in his capacity on the Orange Cemetery Commission and they left me wanting, wanting to see something accomplished with the donations which...
Editor, Daily News I read with interest Wednesday’s Athol Daily News article on Petersham engineering student Celeste Nicoletti’s research on light pollution and its dangers. Light pollution (including light “trespass”) — which poses serious threats to the environment, wildlife and humans —...
Complaints about judicial overreach are typical when politicians disagree with a court’s decision. But having a president who publicly attacks judges over rulings is a worrisome development. It’s not just President Donald Trump taking aim at the judicial branch of government. Florida is among...
DEAR ABBY: My fiancee and I plan to be married next year. I met her after she left her husband because he had cheated on her twice. She refuses to tell her daughters that she left their dad because he cheated, so I am doomed to be the “bad guy” for eternity. They think I’m “the man who stole Mama...
For the second time in nearly three years North Fitzwilliam Road in Royalston is closed to through traffic. These closures allow for much-needed repairs to our road where it spans the Lawrence Brook.  This is a particularly beautiful section of our neighborhood. After winding its way through our...
To hear President Donald Trump describe it, his new policy on immigration enforcement is aimed at kicking out only “bad hombres,” the serious criminals who Trump says are endangering American lives. If that were the case, we’d have no argument. President Barack Obama enforced the same policy....

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