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W.Va. Teachers Deserve Our Support

As a child, I weathered the costs of my father’s union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, going on strike several times. In fact, one months-long strike led to our family losing our home, a financial crisis from which my parents never recovered. I remember my dad and his ...

Lung Infection Resembles TB

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m a 65-year-old woman in relatively good health. I’ve been diagnosed with a nontuberculous mycobacterial lung infection (mycobacterium avium-intracellulare, or MAI) leading to bronchiectasis. I’m taking three antibiotics (rifampin, azithromycin and ethambutol). I’ve ...

2017-18 Flu Season: What Have We Learned So Far?

On Feb. 2, 2018, Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most celebrated weather forecaster, apparently “saw his shadow,” indicating six more weeks of frigid winter. At my home as of this writing, the temperatures are hovering in the low 50s and the flower buds are sprouting at the local park. The ...

Two Wives One Too Many For Newlywed

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for seven months, and my husband wants a second wife, something I do not agree with. He says he likes helping people and has decided he wants a former lover to be a part of our marriage. Unfortunately, she is more than willing to sleep with him. Now he’s ...

Memories Revived By #MeToo

DEAR ABBY: Years ago, my husband and I hosted a St. Patrick’s Day party in our apartment for friends. There was a lot of drinking going on. I had to be at work early the next morning, so I went to bed while the party went on. I awoke a short while later to one of the men attempting to rape ...

Brownfields Can Improve Landscape

Hop in your vehicle and take a ride up or down any major waterway in the Ohio River Valley and you are sure to see abandoned buildings and run-down industrial sites — all big reminders of the heyday of manufacturing and production. These once formidable sites that helped power us through ...

Mom Tired Of Doing It All

DEAR ABBY: I have been married two years, but my husband and I have been together for more than 10. We have a 3-year-old daughter who has needed a few extra doctor appointments and therapy. My husband makes it to none of these extra appointments, some of which are crucial to her future. We both ...

Wedding Invitation Snub Makes Little Sense

Dear Annie: My youngest daughter, “Marta,” is beautiful and caring but intellectually challenged. I have always encouraged all my kids to do what makes them happy, and she is no different. A couple of years ago, she met a wonderful man through mutual friends, “Brian.” After dating for ...

A Trophy Family

A couple weeks ago, a woman I know through work emailed me with the subject line: “Feel good story.” I’m always up for one of those! Sheri Horvath of Martins Ferry went on to explain that on Feb. 23, 2015, her mother, Shirley McGlothlin Horvath, died unexpectedly in her sleep. The loss ...

Man’s Choice Of Wedding Day Trumps Stepmom

DEAR ABBY: I’m struggling because my stepson has chosen to get married on my birthday. I have been his stepmom for 18 years. It feels like a punch in the chest. My in-law family members are saying things like “OMG, how do you feel about that? I can’t believe you’re going to let that ...

Relationship Doesn’t Go The Distance

Dear Annie: About six months ago, my boyfriend, “Jordan,” relocated to another state for work. We’ve talked about my eventually moving there, too, so we could be together, but we’ve held off making firm plans. He says he needs more time to settle in to life there. He also says he wants ...

Hoarding Isn’t Logical

Dear Annie: My sister is 75 years old. She is a hoarder. She has lived at home her whole life and started accumulating junk soon after my dad died 10 years ago. If something comes into the house, it isn’t going out, as it is with most hoarders. So you can imagine what an appalling situation ...

Flirting Stops After Ex-girlfriend Returns

DEAR ABBY: I have a crush on a guy I work with. I’m 19, and he’s 26. He has a kid, which actually doesn’t bother me. I love kids and have taken care of them most of my life. My problem is he has this ex who wants to get back together with him. They broke up because she was staying out all ...

What ALICE Looks Like From the Front Line

In the early ’70s, I remember folding my tiny body under my wooden desk in Mrs. Bonar’s first-grade class at Central Elementary School. Crouch under the desk, pull your little chair against your chest, and lay your little head on the seat of the chair — that was the air raid drill ...

Toxic MIL Gets On Last Nerve

Dear Annie: I’m at my wits’ end. Yesterday my mother-in-law, “Alice,” called my husband, “Gavin,” to complain about how I am not nice to her and how she is tired of being pushed around. This is not the first or second or 22nd time that Alice has painted herself as the victim. She ...

Happy Couple Wants to Help Troubled Friends

DEAR ABBY: Occasionally, married friends will come to my husband and/or me venting about their marital problems. We have been through a few rough patches during our 12 years of marriage, and during those times, we sought help from family, friends and counselors. Today I can honestly say we are ...

Wife Upset His ‘Friend’ Abuses His Generosity

DEAR ABBY: My husband loaned a “dear friend” some money a year ago. She has yet to pay back a penny. When I ask him about it, he gets mad and tells me it’s none of my business. I have hinted to her about some large bills that we have to pay, to no avail. Other than that, my husband ...

Observant Reader Nails Description of Sleep Disorder

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife of 52 years is 71 and has developed what I assume is a problem with her breathing when she sleeps. During some periods of sleep, she starts taking a rhythmic set of breaths. There usually are four deep breaths followed by four shallow breaths. Each set of the four ...

Eliminate Pests From The Garden

There are a lot of things that can be called pests of the garden, from ants to escaped zebras (just kidding about the zebras). While waiting for the season to change, it is the time to plan for these pests and their annihilation or prevention. We will start with ants, which are a problem in ...

Off-and-on Relationship May Be Done

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend, “Al,” and I have been together for two years off and on. We dated casually for six months before we decided to be exclusive. Unbeknownst to him, I was also sleeping with someone else, “Brandon.” Al and I had a fight and broke up for a few months, and during ...