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The New Zealand massacre

Last week in New Zealand, a self-avowed white supremacist targeted two mosques and streamed his bloody killing spree on social media. There are at least three condemnations that should result from the massacre. The first condemnation is for the act itself. The callous slaughter of people at ...

Spring is in the air

Dear Readers: Spring is a beautiful season full of new beginnings. The hibernating animals come out of their slumber to play. Daylight hours are longer, so there is more time to enjoy the warm sunshine. That can be used as more time to hike and play outside. Beautiful baby animals are born, and ...

Hasta luego, Beto

WASHINGTON — It must be a grown-up thing, but every time I see Beto O’Rourke, I want to fix him a hamburger. He’s precious. And, if my eyes serve me, he’s hungry. Call it maternal instinct; call it age. But, let’s call the Texas Democrat’s nascent presidential campaign what it ...

Volunteers need help

Dear Annie: I am an officer in an old but still active community cemetery with graves dating back to at least the 1800s and with plenty of available space. We have the usual slate of officers and board of directors. We advertise our public meetings, as directed in our bylaws, but they are ...

A moral issue we should all worry about

If you think you’re angry now, wait till you read the court documents. Not that the summaries of a college cheating scandal so massive it briefly bumped Donald Trump from the “Breaking News” chyrons were not enough to make a nun cuss. Indeed, the story offered a perfect storm of ...

Sisterly drama

Dear Annie: My sister “Katy” is 10 years older than I and has never married or had children. She was a devoted and loving auntie to my kids when they were young, but they have grown up and don’t hang with her much anymore. She and I have grown apart, as well, in part because of my own ...

Petulant partner

Dear Annie: You always give thoughtful advice, and I would appreciate your opinion. My husband of 20 years, “Earl,” can be friendly when he wants to be. It’s the second marriage for each of us. We usually are very compatible, but once in a while, I feel verbally abused. For example, his ...

Pelosi is right on impeachment. Not now and probably never.

Nancy Pelosi has urged Democrats not to dive into impeaching President Donald Trump. Democrats, listen to her. “He’s not worth it,” she said. Yes, he’s a scourge on our democracy. Yes, he has almost certainly done deeds qualifying him for removal from office (though we await slam-dunk ...

Response to bullying

Dear Annie: I work in the summer at an art college, with a program for high schoolers who want to take classes for college credit. During the most recent summer, one of the cliques bullied a kid who has Asperger’s syndrome, to the point that he left the program early and the parents sued the ...

Spreading time around

Dear Annie: I have four cousins, whom I love a lot. There’s “Piper,” the eldest at 10, with whom I connect on a social and BFF level. The second-eldest, 8-year-old “Wes,” loves to play video games with me, as well as trade Pokemon cards. Then there’s “Ellie,” 7, who likes to ...

No thank-you

Dear Annie: Is it considered old-fashioned to send an actual thank-you by mail these days? We attended the wedding of a relative last summer — the second wedding for both the bride and the groom. They had a big church wedding and a fancy reception. Many friends and relatives were there to ...

Scant economic joy in Mudville

The American people have been ordered to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the economic recovery. Note the lack of balloons, however, and that the marching bands have their feet up. President Donald Trump, of course, is a brass section unto himself. He’s been trumpeting the “Trump ...

Sister-in-law isn’t much of a family member

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 48 years. We have endured really expensive medical issues over the past several years, and our funds are stretched to the limit. We are both retired but still work about 20 hours a week. We used my retirement money to pay the many medical ...

A primer on pedophiles

People worldwide have watched the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” featuring two men who said they were repeatedly sexually abused by Michael Jackson as children. The documentary delved into how such abuse can occur, a predator’s methods and the lifelong damage it can do to a child ...

Left out at work

Dear Annie: At my job, I’m the newbie on the team. The others I work with seem to know one another well, and they chat and make jokes in the office all the time. Meanwhile, some of my teammates are rather passive-aggressive with me. I don’t understand why, though. I’m good at my job, and ...

Vitamin D quandary

Dear Annie: Lately, I’ve been reading that people aren’t getting enough vitamin D. But I also hear that people should wear sunscreen more regularly. Doesn’t wearing sunscreen limit the amount of vitamin D absorbed by your skin? How can we get more vitamin D while still wearing sunscreen ...

Scent-sitive

Dear Annie: I work in the service department office at a car dealership. I have asthma and find that most of the time, the ventilation system in the mechanics’ area is enough to keep fumes from being a problem. But there are several customers who wear a great deal of perfume or cologne, and ...

‘I wrote the book on black fatherhood’

I wrote the book on black fatherhood. Literally. “Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood” was a deep dive into the absence and uninvolvement of African-American fathers in the lives of their children. Like many observers, I inferred that absence and uninvolvement from ...

Socializing a skittish dog

Dear Annie: My new rescue dog is rather skittish. I think it’s because he went through some awful things in his early life. From what I hear, he lived in disgusting conditions and in tight cages, getting shipped around from place to place. In my experience with him, this translates to his ...