Pres. Obama has issued new guidelines for public schools that would force them to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that is aligned with their sexual identity. Do you think a woman who identifies as a man should be allowed to use the men’s room? Along the same lines, do you thin…

Remember how your mom or dad used to say: Eat your broccoli, think of the starving people in Biafra! As a child, many of us didn’t even know where Biafra was. History tells us it was once part of Nigeria and was the scene of horrific starving by an entire generation during a war for independ…

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  • Andover Stories Bess LiponisAndover Historical Society

Who remembers: punched cards, programmers, key-punch machines, sorters, IBM Selectric typewriters, speedwriting, shorthand and computers that took up a whole room?

The groundwork has been set, borrowing has been OK'd, and a mechanism has been established to received revenue from what will soon be the old Town Yard. After Town Meeting's almost unanimous approval of the purchase of 5 Campanelli Drive to build a new Town Yard, are you confident that the t…

Prohibition ended in 1933, but its paternalistic after effects still linger in Massachusetts, where mayors, town managers and small businesses have to go to Beacon Hill, hat in hand, to beg for the right to open a new business.

  • Inside Our Schools Dr. Sheldon Berman

Editor’s note: The Townsman has invited school Superintendent Sheldon Berman and Town Manager Andrew Flanagan to write semi-monthly columns. This is the first installment. Flanagan’s will run next month.

Cheers to Annie Gilbert, a candidate for the Board of Selectmen who decided against a recount of the March 22 town election, which she lost by 14 votes. Gilbert, formerly the chairwoman of the School Committee, had indicated, after huddling with supporters on election night, that she would s…

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