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Woman feels underappreciated for helping

Dear Annie: When my mom’s husband died, we moved her from another state to an assisted living facility a few miles from our house. We run errands for her, handle her bills and occasionally take her out for a meal, and we have her over one day every week for a home-cooked meal. After ...

Protect eyes during solar eclipse

DEAR DR. ROACH: My mother is very concerned about the upcoming solar eclipse; due to all the warnings about not watching it with the naked eye, she is afraid that one of us will “accidentally look at the sky and go blind.” All the articles on the internet seem to deal with eye safety while ...

Sorry, no sale

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about department store staff who ignore the customer: “Dear Heloise: I recently went shopping at a major department store, and I asked one of the sales staff if she could assist me, and she said, “No,” she was busy, and just walked off. I saw a group ...

Weakening the presidency a plus today

Looking, as prudent people are disinclined to do, on the bright side, there are a few vagrant reasons for cheerfulness, beginning with this: Summer love is sprouting like dandelions. To the list of history’s sublime romances — Abelard and Heloise, Romeo and Juliet, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. ...

Don’t be fooled by the president’s ratings

In normal political times, a president with a 40 percent job approval rating would be a tremendous drag on his party in the midterm elections. But these are not normal times. A look back at what happened on Election Day last November suggests that President Trump’s low ratings will not ...

It’s the president, not the paperwork, that’s demoralizing

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway, perhaps attempting to curry favor with last week’s court favorite, Anthony Scaramucci (who — stay with me here — had just accused the president’s chief of staff of a felony, before being let go on Monday), popped up on “Fox and Friends” to ...

Magazine questions on publishing story

Dear Annie: I’m a writer and photographer for a regional magazine. In my town, there’s a local celebrity whom I think has gotten a big career on not-so-big talent. He gets press coverage everywhere for almost everything he does — except in my little corner of culture writing. I have not ...

Is there really a difference between organic and conventional produce?

DEAR DR. ROACH: Do you think there’s much benefit to buying organic foods, now that my husband and I are in our 60s? I’ll gladly purchase organic fruits and veggies when we host our children and grandchildren, and our garden is chemical-free, but I can’t imagine that the added expense ...

Theme park planning

Dear Readers: With summer winding down, it may be time for a quick day-trip to a THEME PARK before school starts up. Here are some money-saving hints: * Jump on the park’s website, or search the supermarkets or fast-food restaurants close by, for discount coupons and deals. * Time ...

U.S. policy on Middle East is senseless

“One knowledgeable official estimates that the CIA-backed fighters may have killed or wounded 100,000 Syrian soldiers and their allies,” writes columnist David Ignatius. Given that Syria’s prewar population was not 10 percent of ours, this is the equivalent of a million dead and ...

Investment Plan Could Secure Retirement Benefits

It is no secret that what the major media seem to care most about is radically different from what concerns average Americans. While the inside the Beltway crowd continues to focus on alleged collusion between President Trump and Russia, real concerns like the future of Social Security are ...

The U.S. in the (Not So) Wild Blue Yonder

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The aircraft arrayed around the spacious lawn of Maxwell Air Force Base, home of the Air University, mostly represent long-retired types. The largest, however, is a glistening B-52 bomber, which represents a still-employed component of the Air Force’s aging fleet: The ...

Remembering the high cost of Apollo 1 tests

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong famously took “one small step for a man” and “one giant leap for mankind.” He and Buzz Aldrin stepped into the history books that day as the living embodiment of an amazing technological achievement. We’ll hear a lot more about that trip in the ...

Why would you want Vladimir Putin as a friend?

Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and Russians during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Donald Trump was eager for a friendship between our two nations. The most recent accounts of the president seeking out more ...

Making America’s plans for future wars

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — It is said that America’s armed forces have been stressed by 16 years of constant warfare, the longest such in the nation’s history. For the Air Force, however, the high tempo of combat operations began 26 years ago, with enforcement of the no-fly zone in Iraq after ...

Success not an option for some on health care

If the Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare ultimately fails, it will be a lesson in the wages of political bad faith. The path of the just-killed Senate bill had plenty of obstacles, including the sheer inertia of the Obamacare status quo and the fact that no one has made ...

Impeaching Trump would be unwise move for leftists

1. Dear Media: Despite your hysterical obsession with impeaching President Donald Trump, most voters don’t care about Russia. They don’t care, because they know you don’t really care. If government integrity truly mattered to you, then you’d have been upset about the Obama ...

Crews cleaning up in Belmont County

I’ve seen something happening in recent weeks that brings a smile to my face. Crews have been spending time on the sides of roadways around Belmont County picking up litter. While I hate the fact that all of that trash has been strewn about in the first place, I am glad that someone is ...

Media aiding Trump foes via leaked info

For a year, the big question of Russiagate has boiled down to this: Did Donald Trump’s campaign collude with Russians to hack the DNC? And until last week, the answer was “no.” As ex-CIA director Mike Morell said in March, “On the question of the Trump campaign conspiring with the ...

Our tax code has become a ‘rotting carcass’

Cynics are said to be people who are prematurely disappointed about the future. Such dyspepsia is encouraged by watching Republicans struggle to move on from the dog’s breakfast they have made of health care reform to the mare’s nest of tax reform. Concerning which, House Speaker Paul Ryan, ...