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Dear Annie: I have a loving daughter, and I respect her husband greatly. I have visited from across the country countless times. I am 84, and they have two grown children. Everyone is happy when we are together. The only issue as far as I’m concerned is that the hubby, although generous and ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). It’s all temporary, the mood, the circumstance, things you want out of this, yet, it matters. You’ll feel as though you’re defining yourself with the action you take. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There’s magic in looking for ways to do more and need less and ...

A government ‘refund’

So, a Republican majority Congress has “reformed” the tax code for the first time in 31 years, allowing us to keep a little more of the money we earn. Woohoo! Back in the day when my withholding exceeded my tax liability, I occasionally received a nice little refund check from the U.S. ...

The media’s Democratic ties

This past week, the Washington Post ran a pretty incredible story about the Democrat opposition research group, Fusion GPS. The organization has never fully been vetted by journalists because it has spoon fed so many stories to so many reporters. The reporters have been protecting their source. ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I am asking you to reprint your column with the letter from “Neil,” who lost his wife to cancer and was having a difficult time coping with his grief. I am giving my copy to my brother-in-law, as he lost his wife, my sister, to glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer, Nov. 1. Now ...

Liberate food trucks

Laura Pekarik bakes cupcakes and sells them from a food truck. Her truck provided a great opportunity, letting her open a business without having to spend big to hire a staff and rent space in a building. “Instead of renting a whole brick and mortar and managing a team of people, it was ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I know this is short notice, seeing as my question is about Christmas, but I’m hoping that you can publish an answer. I’m quite sure there are others in my shoes. I have a 9-year-old grandson, “Bradley.” He has been in and out of our lives, mainly because of the fact ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’ve sought inspiration before, but this time inspiration is seeking you. Do you believe in a muse? If so, she’ll whisper in your ear. If not, she’ll talk loudly. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’re good with those strong personalities in your midst, and ...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). You may not remember exactly what you said or did, but your body remembers it, and certain cues such as smell and taste will bring you back to that memory. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). There’s a situation; a limit being imposed. Maybe they don’t mean to take away ...

Time to liberate black Americans

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows yet another perspective on the deep racial division in our country. According to the poll, 86 percent of blacks compared to 50 percent of whites say that President Trump does not “respect people of color as much as he respects white ...

Things feeling familiar

The past two months of electoral losses for the Trump GOP feel very familiar. Newly elected President Barack Obama’s party lost off-year gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, and suffered a stunning upset in a Senate race it had no business losing in Massachusetts. Donald ...

Whom do we thank?

A president deserves partial credit for a strong economy. The current economic numbers are good, so to the extent that gratitude is due, let us offer it. Thank you, President Obama. The economic gauges have been improving steadily for the eight years of the current recovery. Barack Obama was ...

It won’t help most of us

Donald Trump and congressional Republicans are engineering the largest corporate tax cut in history in order “to restore our competitive edge,” as Trump says. Our competitive edge? Who’s us? Most American corporations — especially big ones that would get most of the planned ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: I was told recently by a neighbor that the neighbors next door to me call me Mrs. Kravitz, a reference to the nosy neighbor on “Bewitched.” I am bewildered and hurt. My kitchen window is in view of their back door, and when I’m washing dishes or cleaning up the area, they ...

Congress ignores duty

The first use of nuclear weapons occurred Aug. 6, 1945. The second occurred three days later. That there has not been a third is testimony to the skill and sobriety of 12 presidents and many other people, here and abroad. Today, however, North Korea’s nuclear bellicosity coincides with the ...

Conyers around too long

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., hospitalized for an undefined stress-related illness, announced his retirement after serving more than 50 years in the House. Two other Conyers — a son and a great-nephew — immediately announced plans to vie for the elder Conyers’ seat. The great-nephew said, ...

Daily Horoscope

ARIES (March 21-April 19). Arguably, half of belonging is just acting like you belong. Feeling like you belong is obviously huge, too. But if you do a little of both and still feel like a bit of a misfit, just know the others who ‘’belong’’ feel about the same. TAURUS (April 20-May ...

Customs versus laws

I’m approaching my 82nd birthday, and my daughter will occasionally suggest that modernity is perplexing to me because I’m from prehistoric times. As such, it points to one of the unavoidable problems of youth — namely, the temptation to think that today’s behavioral standards have ...

Martyrdom of Al Franken

With quavering voice and a tinge of stubborn denial, Sen. Al Franken announced that he would resign from office. The Minnesota Democrat’s remarks on Thursday marked the culmination of exactly three weeks during which eight women — half of them anonymous — alleged sexual misconduct by ...

Dear Annie

Dear Annie: My stepson, “Dale,” lives off benefits from the government and his father, my sweet, loving husband, who is in his 70s. Dale has not worked for five years, and his dad bails him out of every scrape and crisis he gets himself into. Dale has been fired from every job he has ever ...