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Annie’s Mailbox: Take risk now; avoid regrets later

Dear Annie: I am 18 and have been in a relationship with “Justin” since I was 15. I couldn’t ask for anyone better. Justin would do anything for me. We …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Betterment takes action

Call it the myth of inevitability. It is the mindset that says enlightenment and progress are the inescapable byproducts of time. As in a reader who asked last week during …


How to decline invitation politely

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My freshman daughter in high school, who is beautiful on the inside and outside, has received several offers to the homecoming dance at school. She said yes …


Annie’s Mailbox: Daughter, 25, may be bisexual

Dear Annie: Is it unusual for a 25-year-old to not know her sexual orientation? In her senior year in high school, our daughter told us she thought she was gay. …


Mr. Dad: Grandpa must earn your trust

Dear Mr. Dad: My parents are divorced and my dad has been living in another state. He is now moving back home because he says he wants to develop a …


Trudy Rubin: U.S. guidance still needed in Iraq

BAGHDAD – In the lobby of the Iraqi foreign ministry hangs a large poster with photos of 42 men and women killed when a truck bomb exploded outside their offices …


Carolyn Hax: Look back before moving forward

Dear Carolyn: If Mary and Bob are in a happy, stable, two-year relationship, would it ever be appropriate for Bob to go out for drinks with Molly, a woman he …


David S. Broder: Patience, timing go together

Recently, I wrote a column commending President Barack Obama for his long-range vision and for the patience to wait, beyond his own term if necessary, for the rewards to appear. …


Dr. Gott: Balance issues puzzling

DEAR DR. GOTT: I have been having balance problems for almost a year. I’ve seen an ear doctor for possible vertigo, a cardiologist for possible heart/circulation problems and a general …


Annie’s Mailbox: Don’t push spouse; rather, offer to help

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Archie” for 20 years. He used to be self-employed, but the business wasn’t going well, so he got a regular job. He worked …


Kathleen Parker: Fines accrue; history erodes

MOUNT VERNON, Va. – It was fitting that the buzz around George Washington’s homestead recently was about the first president’s overdue library books, just as the estate’s guardians were plotting …


Carolyn Hax: Facing loss takes a conscious effort

Dear Carolyn: All my good friends are friends with my recent ex, whose mention is still pretty painful for me. I’ve tried telling them I’m not ready to talk about …


Dr. Gott: With any cure, talk to doctor

DEAR DR. GOTT: I have heard all sorts of people asking for advice on all sorts of ailments. If your readers just bought a bottle of OregaMax, a bottle of …


Annie’s Mailbox: You can visit; he can attend funeral

Dear Annie: My husband and I have many elderly relatives who live in other states. Due to the costs of airline tickets, hotel rooms and car rentals, we don’t visit …


Miss Manners: For the ‘love’ of money

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I was invited to an event that the initial e-mail invite described as “an evening of love” with an acquaintance who is a news personality – in …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: McCain’s integrity has succumbed at last

We are gathered here today to pay our final respects to John McCain’s integrity. It died recently – turned a triple somersault, stiffened like an exclamation point, fell to the …


Mr. Dad: Fatherhood brings more risks at 45

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m 45 and my wife is 35. We’ve been together for more than 10 years and have finally decided to have a family. I know that it …


Dr. Gott: Readers share tales of a drawing salve

DEAR DR. GOTT: Recently, you responded to a reader’s question regarding a drawing salve used by her entire family. The product resembled a Tootsie Roll. Your response was that she …


Kathleen Parker: Right teacher means the world

One of President Barack Obama’s consistent education themes has been the wish that every child cross paths with that one teacher who hits the light switch and changes one’s life. …


Carolyn Hax: Lover’s limbo shouldn’t be yours

Dear Carolyn: I’m divorced (seven years). I’ve been in a “relationship” for five years with a married man who is separated from his wife, but not divorced. I’ll call him …


Trudy Rubin: Kid gloves needed for Karzai

KABUL, Afghanistan – When Afghan President Hamid Karzai was meeting with provincial governors recently, he looked at his dinner and remarked, “Maybe the foreigners put some poison in my food.” …


Dr. Gott: Acupuncture eased carpal tunnel pain

DEAR DR. GOTT: You recently answered a letter on carpal tunnel syndrome. I am a 74-year-old woman who has had tremendous relief from acupuncture for about 12 years. Back then, …


Annie’s Mailbox: Let pot-smoker son see the world

Dear Annie: Our 20-year-old son, “Kevin,” worries us terribly. He was kicked out of college because of marijuana use and for the past year has couch-surfed, backpacked and hitchhiked. He …


Annie’s Mailbox: Blinds will block his buff workouts

Dear Annie: My husband, “Joe,” turned 40 last summer. His cholesterol, blood pressure and weight are higher than they should be, and his doctor suggested he lose 20 pounds. I …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Walking for the cure – and for my mother

“I’m walkin’, yes indeed.” – Fats Domino On April 15, it will be 22 years since she died.


Miss Manners: Graduation event not for everyone

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I will get only six to 10 tickets for my college graduation. I have a clear list of whom I want to invite, but my grandmother keeps …


Mr. Dad: Key factors can help set family size

Dear Mr. Dad: It seems like every time I turn on the TV, there are the Duggars, with their 19 children, and Octomom with 14. How many kids are too …


Dr. Gott: Friend’s actions cause confusion

DEAR DR. GOTT: A friend of mine is 81. For the past several months, she has been experiencing flailing of the arms and legs, arching of her back and has …


Annie’s Mailbox: Fixation on ex calls for therapist

Dear Annie: I’ve been divorced for five years. Immediately after the papers were signed, I met “Matthew.” We dated for a few months. The chemistry was perfect, but then he …


Kathleen Parker: RNC chief plays wrong card

When you’re Michael Steele, there’s no waking up and thinking: Ahhhh, at least the worst is over. Whatever the week, Monday is the start of another very bad one. No …