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Management Short-sighted

Dear Annie: I work in health and wellness for the largest retailer in the world. I love my job, but there are so many things I don’t understand. Management is always on us about making money (which I understand), but no matter what we do, it is never enough. We reside in a depressed area ...

Smith’s Scene Returns Home To Wheeling

A long-lost painting of the Wheeling Suspension Bridge has been returned to the Friendly City, albeit a bit worse for the wear. The painting, done by the late Wheeling artist Frasier Smith, had belonged to the late Audra Wayne, who was a well-known Wheeling genealogist. Her daughter, Barbara ...

Teen in Violent Gang Seeks to Straighten Out

DEAR ABBY: I am 19, and I have been smoking and drinking — a lot — ever since I was 14. I also sneak out and go to parties and hang out with a gang I’m in. We get into a lot of fights. I know I have hurt quite a few people, and I want to set myself straight. I’m worried because I’m ...

Drowning In Student Debt

It’s the time of year when newly minted degree holders don their academic robes and ill-fitting caps and march up the aisle to receive their certificates. For many new graduates, however, thoughts of massive debt overshadow their joy in finally achieving their lifelong dreams. Today’s ...

He Wants To Redeem Marriage Doomed by Debt

DEAR ABBY: I was divorced seven years ago. My ex-wife, “Annie,” and I were married almost seven years and had what I thought was a great relationship. Then we bit off more than we could chew financially. I began working long hours to get us out of the pit, which created distance between us ...

Don’t Start Living On Memory Lane

Dear Annie: My family relocated the year I was entering ninth grade, and on the third day at my new school, as I was walking home, a girl I’ll call Ann ran up to my side, introduced herself and insisted on carrying my books to my home, some three blocks away. The next morning, Ann and three ...

Adult Daughter Interrupts Mom’s Life

DEAR ABBY: I’m 54. My 28-year-old daughter, Sarah, lives with me. Our issue is MY sex life. I have a long-term live-in boyfriend, and we enjoy each other in many ways. We try to be quiet while we’re enjoying each other physically, but evidently we are not quiet enough. Sarah complains ...

Keep Off the Grass

Dear Annie: I’ve never written to one of these columns before, but I do read them. My family recently bought a home in a large development in the South. We don’t own a dog at this time but have in the past. The neighborhood is full of dog owners who walk their dogs and let them do their ...

Cleanliness Is Next to … Impossible

I like a clean house. If you dropped by tonight, however, you would call me a liar. And for good reason. My back porch is the first clue that my statement doesn’t add up, strewn as it is with cardboard to be recycled, broken lawn equipment and last fall’s dirt and leaves. Inside, ...

Raphel’s Rocky Route

Maestro Andre Raphel faced a rocky journey from Philadelphia to conduct the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra for the final time Friday night. No, Raphel didn’t have to run up and down the famous “Rocky” steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but he did spend all day and into the evening ...

Woman With Anxiety Disability Is Target

DEAR ABBY: I can’t drive. It’s not because I don’t want to, but whenever I sit behind the wheel, I have panic attacks. I’m currently attending therapy for it, and progress is being made, albeit slowly. The problem is, when I try to explain that I suffer from GAD (generalized anxiety ...

John Marshall Seniors Impart Wise Advice

This time of year is bittersweet for graduating students. They are finally at the end of their long 13-year journey, from kindergartners to high school seniors. Thirteen years ago, it seemed this day would never come. Now, looking back, most say it happened in the blink of an eye. Four short ...

Partner Not Supportive Of Her Children

Dear Annie: I’m in a relationship with someone whom I thought would care about and love me. I met this man almost 10 years ago. My adult son, “Barry,” lives with us, though he will be moving out soon. My partner gets home from work and complains to me about little things Barry does. For ...

Tension Mounts For Tired Mom Who Gets Little Help From Dad

DEAR ABBY: I am a working mother of three who may be battling postpartum depression. I feel like I am parenting alone. I get the kids out of the house by myself in the morning before my husband even drags himself out of bed. I drop the kids off. I go to work. I teach, so my day is spent ...

Gambling Games: The Odds Are Never in Your Favor

To get an idea of how the House (casino) works, let’s play a game: What are the odds? Put the following events in order from most likely to least likely to happen to you: Being a drowning victim Being killed by lightning Choking to death Winning the Powerball jackpot Being killed in ...

How to Help A Worried Friend

Dear Annie: I have a friend who is going through a tough time, and I am wondering how I can help her. She was a single mother who raised two daughters and a son on her own. I am still amazed at how she provided a safe and loving home for her children all by herself. Her daughters are married ...

Search Begins For Recipes That Were Lost

DEAR ABBY: Due to some unfortunate family circumstances, I was devastated to discover that nearly all of my boxes of cherished recipes had been destroyed. I’m now starting over from scratch to collect special recipes I can pass down to my children. Most of my family members have died, so ...

Mind Your Bedside Manners

Recently I had an operation that required a brief hospital stay. I am a rare bird who loves hospitals and hospital food. I don’t even mind the nurses waking me up at 3 a.m. to ask me if I would like a sleeping pill. Go figure. But I would like to address physician bedside manner. Don’t ...

Fertility Woes In a New Town

Dear Annie: My husband and I have had some difficulty getting pregnant. I am 32 and feel the clock ticking as each day without my having a fertility doctor passes. This entire process is completely embarrassing. I am ashamed I even have to go through this. I feel as though I am less of a ...

Mom Wants To Quell Teen’s Violent Abuse

DEAR ABBY: I’m a mother of two boys, 13 and 12. My oldest son has become very abusive, both physically and emotionally. He has been arrested for hitting me and hitting his little brother. He was recently kicked off the bus for hitting another student and has also been locked out of school. ...