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Saturday, November 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Miss Manners: Business trumps personal calls

Dear Miss Manners: I employ five people in a small manufacturing setting. I encourage my employees to be friendly and have no problem with them talking during work or listening …


Carolyn Hax: Be direct and take action

Hi, Carolyn: So, I am supposed to get on a flight across the country to visit the boyfriend tonight, but I am sick as a dog. Moreover, as part of …


Carolyn Hax: Tell angry wife criticisms hurt

Dear Carolyn: I am in my 30s, married five years, and have been with my wife for almost 10. We have no kids. I am thinking of divorce. My wife …


Miss Manners: Professional rejection requires manners, etiquette nice touch

Dear Miss Manners: As the managing partner of a law firm, I receive a steady stream of (mostly) unsolicited letters from attorneys seeking a position at the firm. I say …


Dr. Gott: Recurring trigger finger proves difficult to treat

Dear Dr. Gott: I get trigger finger. This is the third one I have gotten in the past two years. A cortisone shot does nothing, and surgery is the only …


Dear Annie: Ask Elder Abuse to investigate

Dear Annie: My next-door neighbor, “Tillie,” is in her 90s. She is able-bodied, but her mind is slowly slipping. We had a great relationship until she allowed her nephew, his …


Mr. Dad: With divorced father, kids will always be part of the package

Dear Mr. Dad: I am dating a divorced father of two. I am having trouble communicating to him that being a good father does not exempt him from being a …


Dear Annie: Childhelp looks into abuse cases

Dear Annie: My best friend, “Jayne,” is also my former sister-in-law. She and my brother divorced several years ago. My brother has limited contact with their children, but I have …


Miss Manners: Look – don’t stare – at naked baby

Dear Miss Manners: I was changing my baby’s diaper in a public restroom the other day. The changing table had no privacy whatsoever, and anyone walking in or out of …


Carolyn Hax: Parenting has no loophole

While I’m away, readers give the advice. On new parents who are squabbling over their new responsibilities:


Dear Annie: Teach daughter to follow rules

Dear Annie: My child is in the fifth grade. She is a well-behaved girl and an excellent student. I have always tried to teach her to be respectful and honest. …


Miss Manners: Clothing traditions hard to adapt

Dear Miss Manners: I just read about the tradition of requiring morning attire (until now translated as tails, pearl or black vest and striped pants) of all Justice Department employees …


Dear Annie: Use affections productively

Dear Annie: I married “Eddie” after getting pregnant at 18. We have two children and have been together for 32 years. For the past 20, we have not slept in …


Dr. Gott: Ask doctor to explain glaucoma

Dear Dr. Gott: Last year, during my yearly eye examination, my doctor asked me if I had poked my eye with a stick (which I hadn’t), because I had a …


Dear Miss Manners: Treat son’s ex-teacher graciously

Dear Miss Manners: I am the mother of an 8-year-old boy with Asperger’s syndrome. He’s extremely intelligent and highly emotional. Second grade presented him with significantly greater expectations in the …


Birth control pills linked to blood-clot formation

Dear Dr. Gott: My 24-year-old granddaughter recently had a stroke due to a clot because of her birth-control medication. She got fast treatment and will be OK, but now I …


Dear Annie: Fantasies normal but be careful

Dear Annie: I have discovered a fascination with some aspects of bondage, dominance and submission, and eventually would like a chance to play out some of my fantasies. Is this …


Carolyn Hax: No response obviously means stop e-mailing

Dear Carolyn: About five years ago I began to realize that a woman I dated 25 years earlier was someone I had stronger feelings for than I was mature enough …


Dr. Gott: Lung scarring has serious consequences

Dear Dr. Gott: I am an 82-year-old female. I don’t smoke but was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2006 and used oxygen occasionally for the first four months following the …


Make up with mom-to-be

Dear Annie: My 28-year-old son who I love dearly is living with his pregnant girlfriend, “Salome,” in my basement. He is due to earn his bachelor’s degree in three months, …


Miss Manners: Saga of big day plans gives guests wedding fatigue

Shouting from the housetops now strikes Miss Manners as an admirably restrained way of reminding the world that you are getting married. Couples have since taken to firing off barrages …


Mr. Dad: Only child can grow up to be well-adjusted, happy adults

Dear Mr. Dad: My husband and I are in our late 30s. We have a 4-year-old daughter and would love to have a second child. But with the financial crisis, …


Carolyn Hax: Meet each other halfway, beyond

Dear Carolyn: My boyfriend is on a very pervasive health kick. Everything about his lifestyle has changed, from transportation to diet. All these changes took place after we began dating, …


Dr. Gott: Vitamins may help macular degeneration

Dear Dr. Gott: Two months ago, you wrote about dry macular degeneration, and I have to disagree with your comment that there is no treatment. Eight years ago, I was …


Dear Annie: Let police deal with landlord

Dear Annie: I just moved to a very nice community five months ago. The people are so friendly, warm and helpful. My house is located not far from the ocean …


Miss Manners: Asking for money a delicate task

Dear Miss Manners: My husband and I serve on the Board of Directors of a nonprofit YMCA Camp, which was founded decades ago by my husband’s father and bears his …


Carolyn Hax: Be healthy, hope mate joins you

Dear Carolyn: What to do when you recognize controlling traits in yourself? I’m certainly not mean, I don’t yell and I don’t make loaded “jokes,” but I tend to drop …


Set boundaries with mom

Dear Annie: My husband and I are newlyweds living with my mother-in-law and it’s driving us crazy. We had to move in with her when our apartment flooded and I …


Cause of eternal runny nose may be pollution, medications

Dear Dr. Gott: What treatment is available for vasomotor rhinitis? My 41-year-old daughter was diagnosed with this. She is married, has a daughter and lives in London. Her condition prevents …


Miss Manners: ‘Tradition’ is about collecting money, not etiquette

Dear Miss Manners: When did the tradition of having others pin money to your shirt on your birthday come about? How did this originate? Is it some modern take on …