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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
In his State of the Union address, President Biden claimed he would, be “the only president to ever cut the deficit by more than $1 trillion in a single year.” While this is technically true, he … more
DEAR ABBY: I am blessed to have a wonderfully supportive family, which includes my and my husband’s siblings. I was recently scheduled for major abdominal surgery. For the weeks leading up to it, I … more
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden had to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into banning Russian oil imports. Even then, he still fell short -- imposing a “ban” that restricts U.S. imports, … more
Albert Einstein, who knew something about how the world works, believed that freedom “is only possible by constantly struggling for it.” In our popular conception of history, many of the … more
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