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Senate has the wrong focus right now

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I am outraged with the Senate. Millions of Americans suffering through the worst economic crisis in a century was not enough. Millions of families at risk for losing their homes was not enough. Millions of childhood vaccines being missed was not enough. Millions of additional AIDS, TB, and Malaria deaths, globally, were not enough. Millions of children newly at risk of stunting was not enough. But a single dead Justice made the Senate take action?

The House passed the HEROES Act four months ago and included the absolutely necessary $100 billion in rental assistance. We need a strong, bold, compassionate COVID-19 package out of the Senate now...

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Have we lost our collective minds?

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There is something insidious going on in this country. I feel like we have lost our collective minds. Common sense has been thrown out with the bath water.

We are supposed to be the best-educated here in Massachusetts, according to the statistics of the intellectual elite. Yet we are going to vote for Joe Biden here in Massachusetts. The man who is suffering from dementia and having his puppet strings pulled by billionaire elites. The same billionaire elites, who want an end to America, the country that is the most free in the world. Hence, why everyone comes here.

They want globalism at the expense of us and our country, to line their pockets and become even richer.
They employ rich elites in sports and Hollywood — multi millionaires who tell us blue collar hard working people just tryin...

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Townsend Conservation Commission appoints former member

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TOWNSEND – The Conservation Commission appointed its newest member, Karen Hill, on September 17. But she’s no newcomer.

Hill previously served on the board until her term was up this summer, when, despite the commission’s recommendation to reappoint her, the selectmen voted 2-1 not to do so.

Selectman Veronica Kell, in particular, objected to Hill’s continuing to serve, citing a letter Hill had written to the board, asking that Kell abstain from voting on her re-appointment. Kell refused.

She tied her objection to “disparaging remarks” Hill made about the town in her letter.

But in a later interview with the Nashoba Valley Voice, Hill pointed to another possible motive...

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Pandemic-proof: Fall college football revived on West Coast

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By RALPH D. RUSSO

A major college football season that was in peril six week ago as conferences succumbed to concerns about COVID-19 is reconstituting.

The West Coast got back in the game Thursday night, The Pac-12 set Nov. 6 to start a seven-game season, joining the Big Ten in overturning August decisions to punt on fall football. The Mountain West followed up a few hours later by announcing it is aiming to kick off Oct. 24.

Nine of the 10 FBS conferences are now ready to have their seasons completed by Dec. 20, the day the College Football Playoff selection committee is scheduled to pick teams to play for the national championship and in the most lucrative bowls.

As soon as Friday, the Mid-American Conference, the first FBS league to postpone, could make it 10 out of 10.

All that talk ...

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Pac-12 football to start Nov. 6; Mt. West targets Oct. 24

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By RALPH D. RUSSO

The Pac-12 is set to kickoff a seven-game football season Nov. 6 after it followed the Big Ten in overturning an August decision to punt on playing in the fall because of concerns about COVID-19.

With the conference having secured daily COVID-19 testing for its athletes and been given the green light from state and local health officials, the Pac-12 CEO Group voted unanimously Thursday to lift a Jan. 1 moratorium on athletic competition.

“The discussion among the presidents and chancellors was largely about the benefits as well as the cons of starting in the fall versus starting in January,” University of Oregon President Michael Schill said. “The consensus opinion was the benefits of starting in the fall were much greater than the benefits of starting in the .. winter...

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Pac-12 to kick off 7-game football season in early November

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By RALPH D. RUSSO

The Pac-12 is set to kickoff a seven-game football season Nov. 6 after it followed the Big Ten in overturning an August decision to punt on playing in the fall because of concerns about COVID-19.

With the conference having secured daily COVID-19 testing for its athletes and been given the green light from state and local health officials, the Pac-12 CEO Group voted unanimously Thursday to lift a Jan. 1 moratorium on athletic competition.

“The discussion among the presidents and chancellors was largely about the benefits as well as the cons of starting in the fall versus starting in January,” University of Oregon President Michael Schill said. “The consensus opinion was the benefits of starting in the fall were much greater than the benefits of starting in the .. winter...

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Cam Newton declines to address future, possible extension in New England

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Cam Newton may not be a Patriot for long, but for now, he certainly sounds like one.

Asked Thursday whether he could envision himself in New England long-term, Newton deflected, insisting his only focus is on the team’s next game.

“My focus is short-term. And that has a lot to do with the Las Vegas Raiders,” Newton said. “And I understand where we’re trying to go, and I understand the questions that you’re asking, but I’m gonna say it again. That’s not my focus. If that would have been the case, I would have did more, I would have said more, I would have waited more. It’s irrelevant.”

Newton continued by asserting too many people focus on pursuing money, and that he believes that it will come if day-to-day business is handled first...

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Column: 2020 Red Sox find new ways to disappoint

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First, it was a challenging and disappointing offseason.

Then came the unwatchable product.

Now, they’re winning too much.

The 2020 Red Sox keep finding new ways to disappoint.

Early in this abridged season, the local nine from Boston were primed to be MLB cellar dwellers. And while the team’s record is still abysmal, the Sox have begun to climb the stairs out of the basement — even if it’s only been a few steps.

A few is too many this year.

Stripped of pitching due to injuries, trades and free agency and lacking their all-world superstar after dealing Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Red Sox seemed destined to have a poor season. And early on, they followed the script to a T...

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Despite Trump attacks, both parties vow orderly election

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By LISA MASCARO, AAMER MADHANI and KEVIN FREKING

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses drew swift blowback Thursday from both parties in Congress, and lawmakers turned to unprecedented steps to ensure he can’t ignore the vote of the people. Amid the uproar, Trump said anew he’s not sure the election will be “honest.”

Congressional leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, rejected Trump’s assertion that he’ll “see what happens” before agreeing to any election outcome.

Many other lawmakers — including from Trump’s own Republican Party — vowed to make sure voters’ wishes are followed ahead of Inauguration Day in January...

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Phelps weighs in on cats and racism

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Those who know me well enough know of my love for cats.

We have had at least one feline friend in our home for 28 years, most of that time we’ve had two, and for a short time we had three.

I have been present for the deaths of three of my cats, and I cried each time.

I have a kitten calendar on my desk at the office.

Oh, I like dogs, too. If they could only go potty in a box like cats can.

So, yeah, I love cats.

It should come as no surprise, then, that my favorite news story of the past week was the Billerica firefighters performing CPR on at least one cat rescued from a burning house. One man in the house managed to get out, though he was severely burned, and there were several cats and dogs inside, as well, because the home served as a foster shelter for pets.

Three men from the B...

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