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Storm of aid could save Gulf

When people think of New Orleans, most think of jazz, hurricane cocktails, Katrina – and now the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But there’s another stormy concoction barreling …


Miss Manners: Deal with wedding, marriage with maturity

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I recently got married and, while I am happy that I got married, I find myself crying great big sobbing tears at the very mention of the …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Choking on baseless fury

Last week, the conservative outrage machine tried to chew up Shirley Sherrod. You are familiar with that machine if you have access to the Internet or Fox News. As the …


Mr. Dad: Aggressive son needs guidelines

Dear Mr. Dad: On weekends my buddy comes over with his 1-year-old son. My boy just turned 2 and has started acting aggressively toward the baby, even hitting him. How …


Annie’s Mailbox: She finds beau’s daughter impolite

Dear Annie: I have been living with “Clyde” for more than a year. He has a 25-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter. His divorce was long and painful, and his …


Amy Goodman: Budget needs deficit doves

Getting out of the red is the new black. Deficit hawks have swooped down on the U.S. budget. This week, they attacked unemployment benefits. Ultimately, they are going after Social …


Miss Manners: Busted by the Internet

DEAR MISS MANNERS – I attended a large wedding with several hundred guests, followed by a reception at the church. Several friends had made cookies and there was coffee available. …


Carolyn Hax: She expects him to be a mind reader

Dear Carolyn: Why do women expect men to be mind readers? My wife has been grousing around lately. She finally erupted, “Just once I’d like to come home and find …


Reasons to watch Kagan

Buoyed by a 13-6 vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee, Elena Kagan is on her way to the Supreme Court. The talk in Washington is what the impending elevation of …


Annie’s Mailbox: Relatives take over lake cabin

Dear Annie: We own a small lake cabin. My husband has a stressful job, and the cabin serves as a relaxing retreat that helps keep him out of the doctor’s …


Dr. Gott: Diabetes linked to heredity, obesity

DEAR DR. GOTT: I have been a type 2 diabetic for four years now. What is the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes? DEAR READER: Diabetes is a …


Carolyn Hax: ‘Like’ must be part of love in life

Dear Carolyn: Clearly you are big into using “like” instead of “love.” You make this substitution all the time. If you ever feel like expounding on it, I’d be curious. …


Miss Manners: Leave job with dignity intact

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My husband is leaving – that is, he’s been railroaded out of – a prominent job as a public servant in a small town. He has been …


Kathleen Parker: Voters elevate the ordinary

It is often said that there are no new stories, just different ways of telling the same ones. Familiar plots persist through literature: man versus nature, rags to riches, the …


Dana Milbank: Fringe’s rants now routine

The peaceful hamlet of Mason City, Iowa, hasn’t been in the headlines much since it served as the model for River City in Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man.” But recently …


Dr. Gott: Hospitalists often seen as strangers

DEAR DR. GOTT: This is in response to the reader who asked about her doctor no longer admitting patients to the hospital. As a staff registered nurse, I can tell …


Mona Charen: The house that excess built

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Biltmore House, the extravagant mansion built by Cornelius Vanderbilt’s grandson in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, makes the White House look like a gardener’s cottage. George …


Mr. Dad: Strategies may deter bullies

Dear Mr. Dad: Our 7-year-old son has been victimized by playground bullies recently. My first thought was to let him figure it out for himself until I realized that there …


Annie’s Mailbox: Tell house sitter police probing theft

Dear Annie: An old acquaintance agreed to look in on my cat while I was on vacation. Upon my return, I noticed that the lock had been picked on the …


Miss Manners: Fork triumphs in flatware war

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Could you tell me if it would be considered OK to cut your steak with a fork? GENTLE READER: Certainly, but would you please first tell Miss …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: By-the-Beck education

A scene from the near future: Augustus Merryweather IV glanced up at the tapping on his office door. Harvey Carbunkle stood there in bow tie and shirt sleeves, smiling eagerly …


Carolyn Hax: Telling friend may be only bearable choice

Hi, Carolyn: Within the past month I was in my best friend’s wedding. While I was at the wedding, I shared a hotel room with another female friend who is …


Miss Manners: Gay man defends against busybodies

DEAR MISS MANNERS – I am a 26-year-old man living near my family, with whom I have very close relationships. This often brings me into contact with their friends, many …


Amy Goodman: Time for an information spill

“Deep Spill 2” sounds like a sequel to a Hollywood thriller. Unfortunately, it is more of a reality show. “Deep Spill 2” is the name of an ambitious series of …


Dr. Gott: Glaucoma drops’ side effects linger

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a female who used Timoptic eye drops for glaucoma about 20 years ago. The beta blocker caused me many side effects, most of which went …


Annie’s Mailbox: Help hubby learn table manners

Dear Annie: My husband has a high-level executive position that entails attending many public situations that involve eating. Annie, he uses his fingers to push food onto his fork, and …


David S. Broder: Congress shirks fiscal duty

On June 30, the Congressional Budget Office issued its long-term outlook, predicting that deficits would come down for the next few years as the need for counterrecession spending eases and …


Kathleen Parker: Losing touch in a digital age

Sometimes it takes a scientific study to reveal the obvious. The latest discovery – that touch influences how we perceive things – is something like the warning on a steaming …


Carolyn Hax: Making a mess of children’s names

Hey, Carolyn: I’m getting married soon, and my fiance and I want to have two kids in the next few years (best-laid plans, I know, but roll with me here). …


What’s the buzz all about?

DEAR DR. GOTT: Any advice on how to treat tinnitus? DEAR READER: Yes, but first let me explain the condition. Tinnitus is a roaring, hissing, clicking, buzzing or ringing in …