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  • Menthol rubs should be used with caution

    Dear Dr. Gott: My mother is old school in that I grew up slathered in Vicks and put to bed at the first sign of sniffles or a cough. The …


  • Wayne Madsen: Cap-and-trade would redeem U.S.

    Seeking to convince the world that the United States finally is serious about slashing Earth-threatening carbon emissions, President Barack Obama is urging Congress to fast-track his plan for a carbon …


  • Dear Annie: Being there helps son greatly

    Dear Annie: I am a single mother of a 7-year-old son who has a lot of anger problems. When “Ryan” was 3, his dad and I split up. My ex …


  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: NAACP’s 100th worth pause

    It began before it began. This was in 1905 when the great black scholar W.E.B. DuBois called a meeting of prominent black men. They met on the Canadian side of …


  • Carolyn Hax: Insistent advice was out of line

    Dear Carolyn: I have five beautiful nieces, whom I adore. The eldest has been accepted to a prestigious design school. Her mom is ecstatic, and so am I. I helped …


  • More dependency imminent

    In Charles Dickens’ novel “David Copperfield,” Wilkins Micawber delivers an economics lesson to young David that has been lost on most congressional Democrats, the president and many of us. “Annual …


  • Ask executor for a hearing

    Dear Annie: I was adopted at birth. I was a “daddy’s girl,” and although he always stood up to my Mom on issues of discipline, it was very clear that …


  • Amy Goodman: Squat in your own home

    Marcy Kaptur of Ohio is the longest-serving Democratic congresswoman in U.S. history. Her district, stretching from west of Cleveland to Toledo, faces an epidemic of home foreclosures and 11.5 percent …


  • Dear Annie: Who you marry is up to you

    Dear Annie: I was supposed to be married this month in a small private ceremony. However, my fiance, “John,” admitted he had communicated very poorly with his parents. His relationship …


  • Phelps’ ‘crime’ exposes law

    It’s hell being a celebrity, especially if you’re young and find yourself at a party, where marijuana and cameras should never mix. And it’s not exactly heaven being sheriff of …


  • Soldier suicides speak to hell of war

    Good News: Millions of Iraqis went to the polls to vote in local elections last weekend in what has been described as basically a “violence-free” event, although not one free …


  • Let jerks see their grandkids

    Dear Carolyn: Wouldn’t it be neat if all grandchildren stood “to gain love, insight, continuity and perspective beyond measure” from grandparents (to quote your Jan. 14 column)? Unfortunately, they can …


  • Is glaucoma remedy too farfetched?

    Dear Dr. Gott: I have an advanced case of glaucoma with only partial vision in my left eye, which causes annoying difficulty in reading. I came across a delightful after-dinner …


  • David S. Broder: Obama erred on Daschle flap

    In a striking repetition of the up-and-down pattern of the Democratic primaries a year ago, President Barack Obama filled one Cabinet vacancy Tuesday but saw another one embarrassingly come open. …


  • Separate life can erode marriage

    Dear Annie: My husband, “Rex,” and I have been married for two years. Three months ago, his job required him to work in a town several hours away, and he …


  • Froma Harrop: Daschle’s iniquities trump strengths

    Tom Daschle’s withdrawal from consideration as future secretary of Health and Human Services had to happen. So seemingly strong on health care policy but weak on ethics, the man President …


  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Blind spots endanger all

    In Los Angeles, there is a park named in honor of Griffith J. Griffith, whose claim to fame is that he made a fortune speculating in gold mining and gave …


  • Dear Carolyn: With her, future’s bleak

    Dear Carolyn: I have been seeing a girl I work with for five months. We don’t see much of each other, and talk only as she can. She has been …


  • Misunderstanding of diagnosis causes confusion

    Dear Dr. Gott: My 73-year-old husband has been diagnosed with vascular Parkinson’s (progressive supranuclear palsy). After the neurologists’ diagnosis, I did research on the Internet and found that my husband …


  • Dear Annie: Illness taking toll on marriage

    Dear Annie: My husband has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. He is doing everything to fight it, including taking various medicines and having treatments, which have been somewhat effective. …


  • Take well-meant remarks graciously

    Dear Miss Manners: I’m one of two employees at a lovely local boutique that has, unfortunately, become a victim of our soured economy. We have officially been going out of …


  • Ask Mr. Dad: Adult child who moved back home should act age

    Dear Mr. Dad: My 24-year-old daughter just moved back into my home, which I also share with my 80-year-old mother. She recently quit her job as a nurse and is …


  • Let husband teach son self-sufficiency

    Dear Annie: My husband’s ex, “Sophie,” is driving us crazy. They divorced 17 years ago when their son, “Sam,” was 3 years old. The ex is an alcoholic, very controlling …


  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Illustrating ideological rigidity

    This one is for Doug. He was one of maybe 2,000 readers who fired off e-mails in response to a recent column criticizing that paragon of political analysis, Rush Hudson …


  • Darwins’ bond strong through divergent views

    On Jan. 29, 1839, in the little chapel in the English village of Maer, a religious 30-year-old woman named Emma Wedgwood put on a green silk dress and got married. …


  • Amy Goodman: Truth must come out about Bush

    Karl Rove recently described George W. Bush as a book lover, writing, “There is a myth perpetuated by Bush critics that he would rather burn a book than read one.” …


  • Every choice has consequences

    Dear Annie: Seven years ago, I left my marriage of 22 years to be with someone I still absolutely adore. However, I now realize that as much as we love …


  • Kathleen Parker: Obama should stay above fray

    Two impressions emerge from President Barack Obama’s first week in office: Partisanship has reached a tipping point when the new president is circling the fire hydrant with a conservative talk-radio …


  • Carl P. Leubsdorf: Republicans aren’t yet post-partisan

    Bipartisanship, like beauty, may be in the eye of the beholder. To President Barack Obama and the Democrats, it lies in bringing rival Republicans into the discussion of how to …


  • Carolyn Hax: Examine own biases

    Dear Carolyn: You’ve said in the past that bean-counting is wrong, and I see your point. But what do you do if you get the sneaking suspicion you’re the only …

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