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One Crooked Flower Pot

Each morning as I drive into the newspaper office, I try to take a different route just to have a change of scenery. It can be a challenge, at times, with all the road work, detours and unexpected lane changes all around our fair city. Funny how the Interstate 70 road work was all we could talk ...

Adult Stepson’s Presence Creates Tension in Home

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married five months. Her 40-year-old son lives in our basement. He has a job, but I have no idea if he pays rent. If he doesn’t, it really doesn’t bother me. What does bother me is that at his age, he should be out on his own by now. He’s trying to pay ...

Pain Control Is Paramount With Slipped Vertebrae

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am an 82-year-old female. I started to have mild low-back pain a year ago, and it escalated to sciatica in my left leg and finally culminated in a pain crisis requiring hospitalization. My treatment goal in the hospital was pain control. Following an epidural injection, I am ...

God Matters

The year 2020 has riddled our country with tough questions that challenge us to introspectively look into ourselves and really contemplate what matters to us and what matters to God. It struck me that we were in Lent when the coronavirus really began to affect our country. As so many were ...

Teenager Kicked Out By Dad Who Thinks She’s Ungrateful

DEAR ABBY: I am 19 and have been kicked out of my house. I’m grateful for everything my parents have done for me. My dad continues to compare me to my older siblings, although I’m the exact opposite of them. They are not going to college, they barely graduated from high school and ...

Urine Sample Every Visit? No, thanks!

DEAR DR. ROACH: My urologist’s receptionist asks every person to leave a urine sample for testing. They ask without knowing the reason for the visit. I would not be surprised if they ask the UPS delivery person. My reason for most appointments is for a follow-up of BPH urination frequency, ...

Bootleg Beans a la Heloise

Dear Heloise: I’ve heard about your “Bootleg Beans,” and it seemed like a recipe my family would enjoy. Would you please reprint this recipe? — Shirley in Oregon Shirley, I’d love to! You’ll need: 3 strips of bacon 1 small onion, chopped 1 can of pork and beans in tomato ...

Wife Stunned to Discover Husband’s Weighty Fetish

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I married two years ago. A year later we welcomed our first child. I never imagined I would ever want a divorce. Well, I found out early this year that my husband has a fetish/fantasy about bigger women. (He actually said it.) He is a “feeder.” He has purchased ...

The Ocean Is Not for Garbage

Today’s Sound Off is about trash in our oceans: Dear Heloise: There is a tremendous amount of garbage that is thrown into our oceans every day. In fact, there is so much plastic in the world’s oceans that sea creatures eat it thinking it’s food. It kills whales, sea turtles and other ...

Mom’s ‘Friends’ Abandon Her After Third Child Is Born

DEAR ABBY: I recently welcomed my third child, a baby boy who was wanted and planned. We are overjoyed. Our two daughters are just under 10 years old. Over the years, my social circle has consisted mostly of the parents of my daughters’ friends. Abby, my news was met with mixed reactions. ...

Pillars of the Community Stand in Wheeling Neighborhoods

WHEELING — Growing up in Wheeling, I never realized the significance of the term “out-the-pike.” For some, it was the description given to National Road —also known as the National Pike — in the area outside downtown Wheeling. For others, it was a sign of prosperity to move out ...

What Counts After The Election

It’s over. The votes have been counted. Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott has been re-elected. His return to the seat was not a slam dunk as many thought it would be. He had a formidable opponent in the next closest challenger — Chris Hamm. If you didn’t know already, Chris is one of my ...

Swizzle Collectors Know How to Have Fun

I consider swizzle sticks one of the stars of bar collectibles. These slim little treasures are used to blend a drink, spear an olive, or stir up a punch and what could be more fun than that? Heck, “swizzle stick” is even fun to say. Avid collectors claim that the only honest stick, worth ...

Social Security and Protecting Elders From Scams

By Nick Tichnell Social SecurityDistrict Manager in Wheeling June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Throughout the month, government agencies, businesses, and organizations sponsor events to unite communities, seniors, caregivers, governments, and the private sector to prevent the ...

Diet and Exercise Are First Prescription to Try for Prediabetes

DEAR DR. ROACH: My husband is a 50-year-old prediabetic who has recently experienced burning feet. He refuses to think it’s his high-carb diet (bread three times a day, chips, ice cream) and instead thinks he just needs some vitamins for foot pain. Could you please explain why and how what he ...

Man Asked to Practice Social Distancing Grows Aggressive

DEAR ABBY: I encountered a frightening man in the hardware store the other day. I was standing at the counter paying for an item when a man behind me came at me, inches from my face, in an aggressive and threatening way. When I asked him if he could please step 6 feet away, he became even more ...

Should Osteoporosis Concerns Trump Need for Anxiety Meds?

DEAR DR. ROACH: After several years of acting as a caretaker for my ailing parents and helping them pass, I found myself filled with anxiety, which led to insomnia and troubled sleep. It felt like cortisol was racing through my body way too often. My doctor prescribed Lexapro — 10 milligrams ...

No More Hoarding

Today’s Sound Off is about hoarding: Dear Heloise: In this time of the coronavirus pandemic, hoarding of items, such as paper products, bleach, hand sanitizer and much more, has left many people without needed items. Fear and panic are the worst enemies facing us. This country has always ...

Roommate’s Drunken Fights Begin to Wear Renter Down

DEAR ABBY: My roommate owns the house. His girlfriend and her two children are over here all day, every day. I have my own living room, office and bedroom, and we share the kitchen and bathroom. I’m clean and respectful and try to mind my own business. The problem is, neither of them work. ...

Unequal Division Of Housework Puts Marriage on Stormy Path

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for seven years and have two beautiful children. My husband and I both work full-time, yet I do almost all of the household chores. I have asked him repeatedly to help ease my workload and stress by dividing the chores more equitably, but my requests are met ...