Dear Abby

Dear Abby by Abigail Van Buren

September 15, 2014

Readers Take Abby to Task for Answer to Obese Woman

DEAR ABBY: Your response to "Offended Daughter" (Aug. 10), whose mother didn't like her lounging in a bikini top at her house because of her weight, was inconsiderate, irresponsible and, frankly, offensive. You started off well, advising her to consider her mother's preference because it's her house,... continue

September 14, 2014

Aide Should Go to Principal's Office for Talking Out of School

DEAR ABBY: I have overheard a person who works as an aide at the local elementary school talking about the students -- discussing their special needs, behavioral issues, etc. I think it is appalling that she's relaying confidential information to others in the community. The rule for employees here is, "What... continue

September 13, 2014

Written Thank-Yous for Gifts Show Heartfelt Appreciation

DEAR ABBY: I just turned 14 and had a small party with relatives to celebrate it. A few days later my mom bought me thank-you cards and said I should send them out. I told the people "thank you" for the gifts in person. I don't think thank-you cards are necessary for something as small as... continue

September 12, 2014

Parents Persist in Thinking Gay Son Will Straighten Out

DEAR ABBY: I'm a gay male college student who is out and comfortable with who I am -- 99 percent of the time. When I was in high school, I tried to come out to my parents and it didn't go smoothly. They had an emotional crisis for a day, then shrugged it off as "just another teenage phase." After the panic... continue

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