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Annie’s Mailbox: Tips to conquer shyness with dates

Dear Annie: I am 17, a senior in high school and have never had a girlfriend. It seems like no matter what I do, I never can find a girl …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: GOP and the fanatical right

“At some point, you have to use the word ‘crazy.’ “It will not surprise you to hear that the speaker is referring to extremists within the tea party movement. What …


Miss Manners: Gratitude according to the script is dull

How exciting is it to watch a long succession of people saying “Thank you”? If you are the adult supervisor of a birthday party for 5-year-olds, it is probably extremely …


Letter could stop blabbermouth

Dear Annie: My neighbors, “The Smiths,” are new members in the community. Recently, their 8-year-old son went to play at a classmate’s home. The classmate, “Johnny,” closed his bedroom door …


Mr. Dad: Adopted son presents challenges

Dear Mr. Dad: When I married my husband, my biological son was 5. My husband adopted him two years later. My husband is financially and spiritually supportive, but he doesn’t …


Miss Manners: Locker blocked by swarm of preteens

DEAR MISS MANNERS – I am a 12-year-old girl in middle school, sixth grade. I have a locker right next to this really popular girl. Because she’s so popular, there …


Leg pain could be statin-related

DEAR DR. GOTT: I’ve been experiencing unusual discomfort in my legs. It began when I started to exercise in the summer of 2009. I attributed it to the exercise on …


Wife should insist you be included

Dear Annie: My wife and I are both 54-year-old professionals. We grew up in the same small town, but didn’t begin a romance until our 30th high-school reunion. We were …


Brown enters GOP storm

WASHINGTON – The RINO hunt is back on and the coveted trophy is Scott Brown. Inevitably and predictably, the new senator from Massachusetts – Mr. 41, Mr. I-Drive-A-Truck, tea party …


Carpal tunnel treatments have uneven results

DEAR DR. GOTT: I am a 64-year-old female with carpal-tunnel syndrome in my right hand. I wear a wrist splint when I go to bed. For many years, it hasn’t …


Tipsy son-in-law worries g’ma-to-be

Dear Annie: My son-in-law drinks too much. Over the years, I’ve seen “Ted” overindulge at weddings, and I notice he consumes a tremendous amount of beer. Lately, my worry has …


Obama’s role as First Black

Jack Roosevelt Robinson had a temper. It flashed like lightning when he was confronted by the racial indignities one was required to endure if one were black in the 1930s …


BYO fish if your host doesn’t mind

Dear Annie: I am 49 years old and have been a “flexitarian” for 10 years, with fish being my primary protein source. My question is this: When I go to …


Move beyond age differences

Dear Mr. Dad: My mom is 46 and has been divorced from our dad for two years. Recently she met Doug, who’s 33. He seems nice enough and mom says …


Many activities contribute to foot pain

DEAR DR. GOTT: My 63-year-old mother has complained every day for three months about a sore heel. It feels better when I massage it for her, and it also helps …


It’s GOP that needs to find center

We keep hearing that “Obama should move to the center.” A variation on this theme is that the president should find the “sensible middle” on policy. But what the heck …


Infatuation-seeker lives in fantasyland

Dear Annie: My former girlfriend and I dated for 14 months. She is 49, and I am 52. We loved each other, but were not “in love.” While we had …


Listen to buddy, advise him to wait

Dear Carolyn: My friend and his wife are expecting … and separating. The cause of the separation seems to be (significant) “stress of pregnancy” issues that I believe are temporary. …


What happens in security stays in security

DEAR MISS MANNERS – Have I missed some change in the culture of taste and decorum in the last few years? When we leave work, the security checkpoint requires placing …


Bayh’s exit speaks volumes

The last time Sen. Evan Bayh was the subject of this column was back in October, when he organized a letter from 10 moderate Democrats informing Majority Leader Harry Reid …


Alternative therapies for tics uneven

DEAR DR. GOTT: My adult son suffers from Tourette syndrome and obsessive compulsive disorder. Because it is a mild case, it doesn’t warrant some of the medications and side effects …


Don’t bring up daughter’s weight

Dear Annie: My husband and I need some advice on how to approach a sticky situation concerning our daughter. In the past several years, “Tricia” has gained a tremendous amount …


Anti-gay bill warrants dissent

In a time of constant calamity and crisis fatigue, proposed legislation in Uganda to execute gays passes through the American consciousness with the impact of a weather report. Corrupt politicians …


Ditch ‘baggage’ or make introductions

Dear Carolyn: I am about to get engaged, and my close friends and family say I must part with some “baggage” before I do. They say I must stop remaining …


Reject idea of war with Iran

Sarah Palin has suggested that President Barack Obama could improve his re-election prospects by declaring war on Iran. “Say he played the war card,” she told Fox News’ Chris Wallace. …


Until his death, dad denied son

Dear Annie: My 94-year-old father recently died. Because I was born fewer than 9 months after they married in 1935, he never believed I was his child. When I was …


Stroke and heatstroke not the same ailment

DEAR DR. GOTT: I would like to know the difference between heatstroke and a massive stroke leading to death. My friend was out most of the day in 85- to …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: If Sarah runs, we’ll all learn

Dear Sarah Palin: I hear you’re pondering a run for the White House in 2012. Last week, you told Fox News it would be “absurd” to rule it out.


Blandly wish them well

DEAR MISS MANNERS: What is the appropriate form of congratulations for a couple who have lived together for many years and recently married? When I congratulated two such couples, I …


Talk with mom about college plans

Dear Annie: I’m 17 years old and, in a few months, will be graduating and going away to college. I’m very excited about it. My only concern is my boyfriend. …