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Toddler’s teeth need attention

Dear Mr. Dad: My wife thinks we should be brushing our 2-year-old’s teeth every night. But the nights I put our daughter to bed, she refuses to let me brush …


Don’t waste time on negative ideas

Dear Carolyn: I’m a sophomore in college. I’m trying to break the pattern of settling into a comfort zone and never leaving to try anything or meet anyone new. I …


Get a whiff of these lack of table manners

DEAR MISS MANNERS – Is it appropriate to smell your food at the table? I grew up in the South and was told time and time again, “You can go …


Palin’s performance sound

The snows that obliterated Washington last week interfered with many scheduled meetings, but they did not prevent the delivery of one important political message: Take Sarah Palin seriously. Her lengthy …


Trigger finger can be treated

DEAR DR. GOTT: Do you have an archive online or otherwise of past columns? In the past month or two, I think you had a column entry that discussed the …


His online practice bad for marriage

Dear Annie: I’ve been married for 29 years to a man I adore. We have had our ups and downs, but have weathered the storms because we both believe we …


Snow offers study in gender

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Much time and many volumes have been devoted to Freud’s famous question – What do women want? – with little commensurate attention to the male counterpart. What …


Won’t-be suitor needs polite no

DEAR MISS MANNERS: There is a young man I met through mutual friends at college who has been asking me out. I considered him an acquaintance – an acquaintance I …


Best to be positive, productive in spirit

Dear Carolyn: We recently found out that my wife is pregnant. It will be our first child. This is usually joyous news, and while I’m elated, I’m also terrified. This …


Mom says blue, teen says azure

Dear Annie: My 19-year-old daughter has always argued with me about everything. I could say the sky is blue, and she would say, “No, it’s azure.” When she was a …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Fighting for a paradox

It is the enduring paradox of our centuries here. It is the paradox that stood its ground at Bunker Hill, that made a doomed charge on Fort Wagner, that stormed …


Colleague shows she’s no friend

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When I was laid off after six years, it was not unexpected – there had been a change of ownership over a year ago, and it was …


Tell boyfriend it’s time to move on

Dear Annie: My boyfriend, “Michael,” has been irritating me for the past month. He breaks his promises, goes back on his word, bosses me around like crazy and gets angry …


Keep an eye on toddler’s TV time

Dear Mr. Dad: My 18-month-old son is suddenly obsessed with TV. He watches at least three to four hours per day. My wife doesn’t see the problem since it allows …


Opportunity on tone awaits Obama

It was toward the end of President Obama’s riveting visit on Jan. 29 with the House Republicans in Baltimore – a rare 90 minutes of candor on both sides that …


Carolyn Hax: You, too, must let daughter’s ex go

Dear Carolyn: My 25-year-old daughter met a guy about a year ago. He’s the perfect partner for her. She told me that he is “the one” and that she loves …


When rudeness escalates

DEAR MISS MANNERS – I foolishly did something I should not have. I’m very embarrassed to have made such an error, and of course have rectified the situation. Honestly, it …


Privacy a prized possession

My favorite thing about J.D. Salinger wasn’t his seminal work – or his most famous character, Holden Caulfield – but how little I knew of him, thanks to his relentless …


Miss Manners: Plan for dream wedding leaves out certain relatives

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am thrilled to be planning a dream destination wedding. We have picked a remote spot in an exotic location. We can afford to have a fabulous …


For a date, better kind than right

Hi, Carolyn: I am 29 and single. I have a very strong mother, who raised me to treat women with respect. I was taught women are strong, intelligent and independent. …


Make medical staff aware of allergies

DEAR DR. GOTT: In a past column, you addressed the problem of allergies and scan dyes. I would like to add some information in the hopes that it will help …


Trudy Rubin: Afghan strategy needs focus

U.S. officials attended the London Conference on Afghanistan last week to rally international support behind that country. But I feel obliged to ask an unpleasant question: Does the Obama team …


Annie’s Mailbox: Abused brother must seek help

Dear Annie: My brother is smart, nice and a good person. The problem is, he married the worst possible human being. The verbal abuse started eight years ago, and she …


Carolyn Hax: Dad, weight talk isn’t helping her

Hello, Carolyn: Help. My 22-year-old daughter, a college senior, has gained weight over the past two years. Every holiday she returns home bigger than before. Whenever I bring up the …


David S. Broder: Both sides fail bipartisan test

On the very same day this week when the Congressional Budget Office warned that the succession of previously unimaginable trillion-dollar- and-more budget deficits could inflict ruin on the United States, …


Carolyn Hax: Prepare without counting on him

Dear Carolyn: How do I get my husband to discuss tough subjects, like important health issues (death, severe illness)? First he deflects with a joke. Then, when I say, “No, …


Miss Manners: Graduate dodges ‘smart’ comments

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I attended a selective technical school for my undergraduate degree and have encountered the same problem over and over again, ever since I graduated. Whenever someone finds …


Annie’s Mailbox: Ask for TV-free hour once a week

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Glenn” for 18 years, and we have two teenage daughters. Three years ago, we bought a new home so we could have a …


Dr. Gott: Lifestyle changes can address hypertension, prostate issues

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 57-year-old male with hypertension, for which I take Levatol. Nine years ago, when I weighed 338 pounds, I was treated for the hypertension for …


Miss Manners: In room of 80, only one gets plate right

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Ever since I can remember, the salad plate and bread-and-butter plate are on the left side of the dinner plate. But at a wedding rehearsal dinner in …