Columns

It’s 1984 at Google, and free speech is the target

Google’s firing of software engineer James Damore for daring to express politically incorrect ideas in an internal memo is the latest example of the political left’s tyrannical propensity to suppress speech. Almost as troubling as the left’s policing is its apparent obliviousness ...

Reader wants friends, family to see the gray

Dear Annie: I have a gray problem — and not with my hair. I am surrounded by black-and-white-minded friends and family. They have inflexible opinions on every subject. And they all call my grayness fence-sitting. I’m sure I’m not the only one with this dilemma. What’s a person to ...

Thigh muscle pain and statins

DEAR DR. ROACH: I think I may have polymyositis. My thigh muscles (specifically, the lateral muscles) are weak and achy. I take a statin, and I don’t like what I read about them. — L.P. ANSWER: Statins indeed can cause muscle aches in some people who take them. In clinical trials, about ...

Managing your money

Dear Heloise: I like to be organized, but an area I have trouble with is a big one — my FINANCES. Do you have some hints to help? — Emily E., Boise, Idaho Emily, it’s important to know where all your money is, and to know that it is behaving! Here are some hints: * Write down all ...

The ‘screed’ about diversity that wasn’t

The first thing to know about the instantly infamous “anti-diversity screed” written by an anonymous Google software engineer is that it isn’t anti-diversity or a screed. The loaded description, widely used in the press and on social media, is symptomatic of the pearl-clutching over ...

Issues go far beyond souls vs. fossil fuels

There are regions where economic stress coexists with a beloved way of life. It can be hard to make a living in parts of the rural West, northern New England and the South. But people stay put in these places for reasons other than the almighty dollar. They include community, tradition and ...

Socialism’s failures and the war against Trump

I am increasingly of the opinion that the basis for the inflamed, visceral hatred of President Donald Trump in some quarters is neither his occasional vulgarity, nor his propensity to toss out “un-presidential” insults, nor the “misogyny” and “sexism” that the left pretends to see ...

Ex’s sister reaches out in flirtatious way

Dear Annie: I was in a toxic relationship with a woman, “Melanie,” several months back and am really happy to be out of it. But I guess that really has nothing to do with what’s happened recently. About a month ago, Melanie’s sister, “Laura,” “slipped into my DMs” — sent ...

Yellow fever vaccine only in certain cases

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband and I are taking a cruise around South America that includes several stops in Brazil. We both are 72 and in good health. What is your opinion about our getting the yellow fever vaccine? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it “should be given ...

A ‘Ms.’-stake?

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about the use of “Ms.” in place of “Miss” or “Mrs.”: Dear Heloise: One thing that irks me is that so many pieces of mail are addressed to ‘Ms.’ instead of ‘Mrs.’ They don’t know me. I could be ‘Miss,’ ‘Mrs.’ or ‘Mr.,’ but ...

Experiencing hope in a difficult time

About two weeks ago I began my monthly column for this newspaper. It usually appears on the first Sunday of each month, which would have been Aug. 6. On an earlier Sunday, as I drove to church, the radio was tuned to a preacher talking about the subject of hope. When I arrived at church that ...

Is summer really winding down already?

Like it or not, we have turned a corner and summer is beginning to wind down. Signs that the season has nearly run its course may be hard to notice at this point, but they are there. The leaves on a few trees have become tinged with orange and yellow. Despite all the rain our region has been ...

Ohio taxpayers can follow their money

As treasurer of Ohio, I believe taxpayers have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. All too often, we the people aren’t able to follow our money once we write a check to city hall, the state capital or Washington, D.C. I believe that when we make government small in ...

Effort to replace Sessions a page turner

Southern Gothic is a literary genre and, occasionally, a political style that, like the genre, blends strangeness and irony. Consider the current primary campaign to pick the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. It illuminates, however, not a regional ...

Columbia University’s Mattress Girl is discredited

If you haven’t heard of the “mattress girl,” it’s not for lack of trying among liberal opinion-shapers. Emma Sulkowicz, who dragged a blue mattress around Columbia University’s campus in 2014 to dramatize her plight as a rape victim, was profiled sympathetically in New York magazine, ...

Husband’s not dealing with out-of-hand loan

Dear Annie: I have been married for 23 years to my husband. I was a stay-at-home mom for 12 of those years and took care of our three sons (one who had special needs). Things have always been rocky in our marriage. When my youngest was in kindergarten, I returned to work, and I have worked ...

Plan for treating osteoporosis

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 61-year-old female, and my recent DEXA bone density scan resulted in measurements of -2.7 in the lumbar region and -2.1 in both femoral necks. My doctor recommended that I take bisphosphonates. I have read many negative things about this class of drug. My main concerns ...

Scholastic supply plan

Dear Heloise: I’m helping to buy SUPPLIES for my grandchildren for the upcoming school year. Here are some hints I use to stay organized and save money: Taking inventory of what they already have and can still use was my first step. What can be recycled? What can be repurposed? Next, ...

The war in Vietnam eroded our trust

One day, (Marine Theodore Wallace) saw an officer casually aim his rifle and try to shoot a Vietnamese boy in the distance. “Sir, what are you doing?” he’d asked. “He’s probably supplying the (North Vietnamese Army),” the officer said. “What’s he doing out here ...

Families unplugged: screen time vs. face time

Did you and your family observe American Family Day around a dinner table, at a neighborhood pool, or on a walk in the park Sunday? If so, what did you talk about? How you survived the July heat wave? What you expect from your favorite team in the coming football season? Celebrated on the ...