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Annie's Mailbox for 5/31/2016

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Dear Annie: When my wife and I took a trip to Canada, my granddaughter and her live-in boyfriend at the time called to ask for permission to spend a week in our house, which is near a beach. My wife said OK.

This upset me for two reasons: We had $100,000 in precious metals in the house and I was concerned about theft. I had never met this ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/30/2016

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Dear Readers: When we asked you to try your hand at a gender-inclusive piece for Independence Day, we also received several poems that seemed more appropriate for Memorial Day. Therefore, we have decided to print two of them on this occasion. We think they both express moving sentiments.

"Gold Star Mother" by Gene Nelson, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

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Annie's Mailbox for 5/29/2016

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Dear Annie: Because the cost of living is so high around here, I now rent bedrooms in my home to a couple of young adults in their 20s. It's almost impossible for them to go out on their own.

Everything is fine about this arrangement, except my renters do not clean their rooms. They throw all of their things on the floor, including dirty dishes...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/28/2016

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Dear Annie: In the past five years, I have attended 14 weddings (several were expensive destination weddings), hosted seven baby showers, four bridal luncheons, six wedding showers and purchased 36 presents for various friends and relatives.

My son is gay. Thankfully, he and his wonderful partner of 11 years were finally able to legally marry ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/27/2016

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Dear Annie: There is a couple that socializes with us and our friends. They constantly drop hints that their adult children (living at home) should be invited to our events. They say things like, "Becky would really enjoy coming to your house. She loves the way you cook." Sometimes they just show up at the door with their adult children and say,...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/26/2016

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Dear Annie: Until two years ago, I thought we had a loving family, even though my husband and I are divorced. We have two grown children in their 50s.

Two years ago, my son asked me to co-sign a college loan for his child. When I declined, he said he was "done with this whole family," and has not spoken to any of us since.

I live several ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/25/2016

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Dear Annie: I am 71 years old, and I have taken care of my neighbor, "Martha," for 15 years. I did everything for Martha, including shopping, taking her to doctor appointments and fixing anything that needed repairs. She passed away last year and had no will.

Martha has one daughter who lives in another state. The daughter left with her stepdad...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/24/2016

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Dear Annie: We live in a friendly town. Yet, we have some residents who are terribly disrespectful people of other people's property.

We've had dogs and love dogs, but we would never think of taking our dog to our neighbor's lawn to do its duty. We've consulted several experts and they all say that the dog's urine can cause brown spots on the ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/23/2016

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Dear Annie: I work in an area where we are allowed to listen to the radio during work hours. This is great, as I enjoy the music. The problem is, one of our co-workers feels the need to loudly sing along to the songs. It is extremely annoying and also distracting.

I am hoping this letter will be an eye-opener to all of those people who act like...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/22/2016

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Dear Annie: I recently attended a large social event fundraiser with some close friends. We were seated at tables of 10, and finger food was passed around.

One of the women sitting at my table ("Claudia") said she couldn't eat much because she hadn't been feeling well. There were no outward signs of a cold or other communicable disease, so we ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/21/2016

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Dear Annie: "Can't Win in Tennessee" said his wife calls him names, constantly criticizes him and threatens divorce. You correctly told him that he was in an abusive marriage. What you didn't point out is that his two young children are also being damaged by his wife's psychologically abusive behavior, even if it is not directed at them. From my...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/20/2016

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Dear Annie: I have increasingly noticed how loud people can be in public places. On a recent short regional flight, I sat in front of two men who I quickly learned work for the same large company. They began chatting about their lives from the moment we left the gate and didn't stop until we landed. One man spoke with an appropriate indoor voice...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/19/2016

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Dear Annie: I've been living with my boyfriend for nine years and we have a son together. Over the 14 years that we've known each other, we've had our share of problems, but it's gotten worse in the last couple of years.

Two months ago, "John" totally changed, and I found out he was being unfaithful. Of course, he denies it, but I have proof. I...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/18/2016

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Dear Annie: I am a widow in my 70s. My husband and I had no children and not much of a social life. When he died a few years ago, I was desolate. I took on a part-time job and met a divorced woman close to my age and we have become good friends. It has been wonderful, as I have never had a close friend before.

I really like "Jeanette," and she ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/17/2016

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Dear Annie: Several months ago, my fiancee of two years announced that she wanted to date other people. Although I knew things had not been good between us, I was devastated.

We met on the Internet, and I saw that she was back on the same website. I talked to her, hoping she would give me a sign that she wanted to get back together, but she ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/16/2016

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Dear Annie: I have a co-worker who often shows up late, constantly complains about how he doesn't want to be "here" (in this city, at this job, etc.), spends most of his time reading Facebook posts aloud or trying to chat with the rest of the people in our department and generally wastes his time when he's supposed to be working.

Our department...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/15/2016

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Dear Annie: Last weekend, my youngest daughter got her driver's license. She is now able to take herself places, thus dissolving the role of our nanny, "Maria."

Maria has been part of our family for 20 years, since my oldest child was 3 months old. My youngest daughter has known her for her entire life. Maria has picked up my daughter from ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/14/2016

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Dear Annie: I read the letter from "The Family Mistake," the 12-year-old boy whose nearest sibling is 29. He hates his life, saying people assume he's the grandchild, and his parents call him a "mistake." He said his parents are in their 50s.

My husband and I are in our 50s. We have three kids between the ages of 9 and 13. No one has mistaken ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/13/2016

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Dear Annie: I'd like to fix the relationship between my fiancee and my mother before things get out of hand.

My fiancee, "Beth," fixates on instances where she feels my mother has slighted her. For example, Beth calls me by a shortened version of my name, a nickname my mother hates and has ranted on about. My mother has also raved about the ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/12/2016

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Dear Annie: After my mother died 10 years ago, Dad asked his four daughters what to do with the small cabin he owned upstate. Three of us told him to sell it. My oldest sister, "Charlene," however, asked if she could use it as a vacation home. She said she would help pay the property taxes and make sure it was taken care of, in exchange for ...Read more

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