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Annie’s Mailbox: Offer bath kits to smelly sisters

Dear Annie: My boyfriend has two rather large sisters who apparently have difficulty cleaning themselves, as they have terrible odors about them. When we invite them to our home, they …


Trudy Rubin: Obama and the timeline

It was one of those ohmyGod moments. Gen. David Petraeus was testifying Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Sen. John McCain was pressing him for his opinion on the …


Miss Manners: A lesson in manners for student abroad

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Next semester I will be abroad, living with a host family. There are some guidelines set up, like we cannot break things and must respect the curfew …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Father’s Day story lacks luster

This is the 100th commemoration of Father’s Day. You know what that means, don’t you? REALLY nice ties.


Carolyn Hax: Teach child how to handle someone who creeps her out

While I’m away, readers give the advice. On handling a relative who gives your child the creeps:


Amy Goodman: Torture tests neighborliness

Federal authorities are investigating whether officials of the government south of the border participated in a citizen’s kidnapping and torture – Canadian authorities, that is, investigating the possible role of …


No poetry can ward off guests with sticky fingers

DEAR MISS MANNERS – We built a beautiful vacation rental home and spent a lot of time and money to furnish it with quality items so that our rental guests …


Annie’s Mailbox: Some carry hurt into adulthood

Dear Annie: I have not had a real relationship with my 42-year-old daughter for years. “Susan” claims I was never supportive, and that no matter what she did, I was …


David S. Broder: Spill is one of several crises

Far be it from me to tell the crew of public relations officials who now occupy those West Wing offices as a reward for running one of the best presidential …


Kathleen Parker: Tap into true Afghan gold

Amid all the dark news from Afghanistan, every now and then a sliver of light slips through the cracks. Afghanistan, it turns out, is rich in minerals. Trillions rich. It’s …


Dr. Gott: Psoriasis caused by strep throat

DEAR DR. GOTT: My 10-year-old grandson has had guttate psoriasis for more than a year. His dermatologist said it was caused by strep throat. Although the strep throat is no …


Miss Manners: Caveman manners best left unnoticed

DEAR MISS MANNERS: Have you noticed how many people do not seem to be aware of how to eat properly or how to hold an eating utensil? Whenever I eat …


Annie’s Mailbox: No love, but kids’ father won’t leave

Dear Annie: I have been with “Paul” for the past 10 years, and we have three kids. We never married. Paul was once abusive both emotionally and physically. He got …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Thomas gets no passes

Here’s some bitter irony for you. Back in April, I received the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity award. Yes, diversity. And yes, Helen Thomas, the legendary White House correspondent who …


Dana Milbank: It’s a cynical campaign in Colorado

When I worked on a college paper as a freshman, the editor was a talented but prickly junior by the name of Andrew Romanoff. He clashed so fiercely with the …


Charles Krauthammer: With isolation like this …

In announcing the passage of a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Iran, President Barack Obama stressed not once but twice Iran’s increasing “isolation” from the world. This claim …


Froma Harrop: Tea party may be GOP’s downfall

It’s hard to call the outcomes of recent primaries a “voter uprising.” It looks more like democracy in action than a series of coups d’état. Replacing party establishment favorites with …


Annie’s Mailbox: Get rid of those hot thoughts about MIL

Dear Annie: I am a 25-year-old who has been married for a few years, and I still love my wife as much as the day I met her. The problem …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Baseball worth showing kids

A few words about the things we seek from baseball. From all sports, really, but from America’s pastime more than most. We seek heroes, of course, men and women who …


Dr. Gott: Shortness of breath draws query

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am concerned about blocked arteries. I am 60 years old, 5-feet-5, and weigh 115 pounds. I exercise three times a week, do 400 stairs a day, …


Miss Manners: Love triangle offer was cue to leave

DEAR MISS MANNERS: When a woman is dating a man and he expresses great interest in her but tells her that she must also meet his girlfriend, what does this …


Kathleen Parker: Engine deal not an earmark

The Pentagon doesn’t want it. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says it’s unnecessary. Former President George W. Bush was against it, as is Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto a …


Carolyn Hax: Shrug off neighbors’ snarky remarks

Hi, Carolyn: We’ve lived in our house about a year, and have a lovely family next door, except when they are not so lovely. For instance, the mother likes to …


Froma Harrop: Odds go to Obama’s experts

Gulf Coast residents are supposedly mad at President Barack Obama for not keeping the oil from threatening their beaches and marshes. We hear this in stereo – from political opposition …


Dr. Gott: Nose runs amok

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 79-year-old male who has a chronic runny nose, diagnosed as vasomotor rhinitis. An ENT doctor told me that it is incurable. I have tried …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Palin has privacy right

There goes the neighborhood. We do not know if that was Sarah Palin’s initial response to the news that a journalist writing a book about her had rented the house …


Miss Manners: Invitation seeks response, not critique

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I minored in French in college and still remember some of it. I live in California and interact only with strict anglophones. Sometimes when they e-mail me …


Annie’s Mailbox: Ask wife to cease e-mails to old flame

Dear Annie: I’ve been married to “Julia” for 30 years. Last November, she was contacted by an old boyfriend through a reunion website. Since then, they have been trading e-mails …


Dads need time off for baby

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m an expectant father and I want to take some time off after our baby is born. But even though my company offers some family-friendly benefits, my …


David S. Broder: Second education rescue necessary

While the nation remains preoccupied by the drama of the oil leak in the Gulf, which consumes an inordinate portion of time and attention in the media, a struggle of …