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Dear Doctors: How do I tell my doctor that I have a problem with alcohol? I’m prescribed pain medicine, which I don’t abuse. However, my alcohol consumption has increased, especially since my mom … more
I can sum up my response to the soaring price of gasoline in just one word: aargh! While waiting for prices to come down (Do you think they will?), don’t sit around complaining all the while paying … more
Q: Can you suggest a way to buy good vegetable seeds? I can’t afford to get a lot of plants, so I buy seeds. There are several brands at each store, and I don’t know which will grow best for me. … more
Dear James: I am building a large new L-shaped deck. I am not sure about how to position and attach the decking boards because of the L shape. Do you have any tips? – Greg S. Dear Greg: Fitting and … more
It’s an old Washington political trick. When you’re in trouble, change the subject. When President Biden’s poll numbers are low and falling, when the economy has produced the worst inflation in … more
Not to wax all Dickens on you, but there is certainly something that rings very true to the opening words of The Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the … more
I often tell clients if they have to worry about the estate tax, it’s a “good problem to have,” as that means their asset level is high. That was not the case, however, 15-20 years ago when the … more
Many questions have been asked of me - publicly and privately - over the years.  There are, however, a few questions no one has ever asked me and maybe they never will, including the following: Q. … more
It is very important to have a functioning liver, because the liver plays a big role in keeping us healthy. Most of us know that drinking alcohol in excess can cause liver damage. There are other … more
It doesn’t take a lot of insects to turn into an infestation for houseplants. Plants growing outside have the advantage of natural predators to keep populations in check. Indoors there is nothing … more
I looked at it and it seemed to be looking back at me with nervous trepidation. On the car ride home from one of my first speaking engagements, the gift received sat there beside me in the front … more
If you are like me you probably have at least one song that you have not quite gotten all of the words to correctly or maybe you did not quite catch the meaning of a phrase. One song for me was “At … more
Spring is arriving and with that comes Easter and a time of rebirth — at least for those of us brought up as Christians. There’s nothing this country needs more right now than a little … more
Dear Doctors: I have read that dogs can tell when someone has cancer just by sniffing them. That’s already hard to believe. But when I heard about a nurse who smelled it when her husband got … more
DEAR ABBY: I’m concerned for my sister and her three young daughters. She has been married to “Rick” for 10 years. After she recently discovered he has inappropriate feelings toward children, … more
Q: I’m concerned that my 3-year-old – she’s nearly 4 – daughter has some sort of language issue. For example, even though my brother’s family moved away nearly two years ago, whenever we … more
GE deserted Utica. Kodak disintegrated in Rochester. IBM left Binghamton. Carrier abandoned Syracuse. Upstate has endured much economic hardship over the years, having suffered under a tax and … more
My friend, Joyce, fell recently and broke her ankle. After surgery, she’s couchbound for a while as her ankle can’t bear weight. A similar thing happened to my friend, Marybeth. We all want … more
Hello, dear readers, and welcome back to our monthly letters column. We’ve heard from several of you that the information that gets shared here has proven helpful. For a reader in Wisconsin, it … more
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I share a common driveway with our neighbors. These neighbors are keenly aware that my wife and I do not share their political views. After the election, one of them quit … more
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