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What to do when there’s no compromising

Dear Annie: My husband and I are at an impasse. He wants to have a fourth child; I want to stick with three. We both have equally valid reasoning for our cases, and we acknowledge each other’s points. Neither of us is budging. Whenever we have had disagreements in the past, we have found ways ...

Gallstone after gallbladder surgery puzzles

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with Gilbert syndrome after I had a blockage of my common bile duct and became jaundiced. This was three months after I had my gallbladder removed (via an open surgery). How was it possible for me to develop a stone after the surgery? Was the Gilbert syndrome ...

Number of complaints

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about poorly marked locations: “Dear Heloise: It is maddening to drive along looking for a business and you can’t find the address numbers. It should be required to have the numbers large enough to see from the road. Not everyone who wants to use ...

Memo indicates Orwell Lives On at Google

James Damore is fortunate that we don’t burn heretics at the stake, because he has blasphemed. The fired Google engineer might as well have been writing a script designed to prove that one of the world’s largest companies embodies every left-wing stereotype imaginable — blinkered, ...

Republican push goes beyond Mountain State

The Democratic Party has, for the moment, become a regional party. Only 449 counties across the nation are reliably Democratic. Five times that many — 2,226 — are reliably Republican. The Democratic counties are generally found along the coasts and in large urban areas. Nowhere is the ...

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, ...