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Missing friend during dark time

Dear Annie: There is a friend that I met through a place that I used to work, and we stayed friends after we no longer worked together. We would text every few days. I’ve been to her house for holidays; I’ve met her husband, son and daughter. They’re a nice family. She lives in a ...

Rudy Giuliani’s harebrained scheme

Where’s John Kelly when you need him? President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, cast aside like so many of Trump’s advisers, irked the president with his efforts to bring some discipline to him and his operation. But if there’s one thing that’s obvious from the Ukraine controversy, ...

Decision-making for mom

Dear Annie: My mom is in her 80s and in so-so health. She’s at home for now with a full-time caregiver. There are three siblings who all take turns with her. The problem is that we’ve started to disagree. Even though the decision-makers are legally in writing, the oldest constantly battles ...

Brazen acts of corruption

Last week, media outlets reported the existence of a whistleblower complaint filed with the inspector general of the intelligence community against President Donald Trump. The IC encompasses all civilian and military employees and contractors who work for the federal government gathering ...

A harmonious plate

Dear Annie: I read with interest the letter from “Kitchen Confidential” who had feelings regarding her partner’s unhealthy food choices in comparison to her own. I am 68 and have lived a vegan lifestyle for nearly 15 years. My husband is 71 and a huge meat and cheese fan. He will often ...

Ukraine-Biden whistleblower affair shows what Team Trump thinks of us

What offends me most about the whistleblower-Ukraine-Biden story isn’t the obvious corruption of it all. It’s the way members of Team Trump assume we’re all idiots who won’t notice they’ve abruptly shifted their narrative. At first, it seemed like a familiar scenario of allegations ...

CEO out in the cold

Dear Annie: Several years ago I became the CEO of a company with employees who work hard and provide excellent service at fair prices every day. I am very proud of what we do. After more than 40 years of working for this same company, I still look forward to going to the office every day. Our ...

Trump’s need to destroy meets the environment

One word best describes Donald Trump’s environmental policy: sick. The president has an obsessive urge to ravage nature just for the heck of it. Exhibit A is his crusade to weaken environmental regulations against the very wishes of those being regulated. Trump seems bent on destruction as ...

Enabling in-law’s addictive behavior

Dear Annie: My father-in-law has been living with us for the past two years. He is emotionally stunted and acts like a 12-year-old boy. He spends his paychecks on ridiculous things like candy and stashes it all around his room. This wouldn’t be a problem if he made contributions in a monetary ...

He walks where he chooses to walk

Years ago, when the great American socialist Norman Thomas was speaking at the University of Virginia, he was cross-examined by a self-satisfied undergraduate who charged that Thomas’ call for universal health insurance, federal civil rights laws and federal aid to education were all backed ...

Still hurting after divorce

Dear Annie: After 46 years, my husband decided to leave me soon after he met a gold-digger overseas. He went about it in a cowardly manner, looking for his condo in secret, although his friends were in on his plans. I was devastated when I accidentally found out and confronted him about it. ...

Missing son despite moving closer

Dear Annie: I moved here a year ago from another state to be closer to my son and daughter-in-law, but it seems that was not a good idea. I only see them once a month when they come to my home for dinner. I realize they have jobs and a home to tend to, but I am pretty sure they spend more ...

Can Trump still avoid war with Iran?

President Donald Trump does not want war with Iran. America does not want war with Iran. Even the Senate Republicans are advising against military action in response to that attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities. “All of us (should) get together and exchange ideas, respectfully, and come ...

The wall of welcome

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “I’ve never seen anything like that,” said Vietnam army veteran Harry Streck as he waited for the bus to leave Dulles International Airport. “Never have, and never will (again).” He wasn’t talking about his time in the service, but about what he had just ...

Get out now!

Dear Annie: I have never felt the need to write in until I read the letter from “Please Help Guide Me,” who is despairing about how her husband of one and a half years is abusive to her and her daughter. My heart was breaking for her, and my blood was boiling. She sounds depressed and ...

The American left is completely insane

It’s September 2019, and here’s where we are: The political left in this country is completely insane. Elected Democrats are demonstrably incompetent. Democrats running for president warn constantly that President Trump is teetering on the verge of totalitarian fascism, all the while ...

Rising above bullying

Dear Annie: My 81-year-old mother lives in Florida with her same-age boyfriend of 10 years in a 55-plus community, which requires residents to maintain the interior and exterior of their home. I live in Ohio and fly down periodically to maintain this property. I also stay there. My last ...

Don’t smile for the camera

A trial in Great Britain has just concluded with potentially dangerous implications for personal freedom here. Great Britain is currently the most watched country in the Western world — watched, that is, by its own police forces. In London alone, the police have erected more than 420,000 ...

Email onslaught

Dear Annie: I have a friend who sends email “blasts” to a long list of recipients on a daily basis. He has been doing this for years, ever since emails became as common as phone calls. Sometimes, he sends several in a day. The contents are usually links to articles that he finds interesting ...

Like Trump, Democratic candidates have trouble staying within boundaries

It’s exhausting being both a conservative and a critic of President Trump. When I aim my pen at the White House, many of my comrades on the right go nuts. And readers who love it when I go after Trump turn into a cage full of poo-flinging monkeys when I turn my attention to the ...