Senate has the wrong focus right now

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 …

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Have we lost our collective minds?

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 …

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Townsend Conservation Commission appoints former member

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 …

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Pandemic-proof: Fall college football revived on West Coast

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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Column: 2020 Red Sox find new ways to disappoint

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 …

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Despite Trump attacks, both parties vow orderly election

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 …

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Phelps weighs in on cats and racism

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 …

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