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March 21, 2013

Daughter's decision to end pregnancy torments mom

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My problem is, when she arrived, my husband immediately announced that we had a gun upstairs. He felt it was her “right” to know. I think, because the gun isn’t accessible, the information was useless to her and actually may have put our family in danger. How do we know she won’t mention it to someone who will target us for a break-in in order to steal it?

To me, having a (SECURED) firearm in our house is no one else’s business but ours. What do you think? – NOT THE WILD WEST

Dear Not the Wild West: I think you are correct. This is a subject that should have been discussed before the young woman was hired. Your husband exhibited poor judgment by sharing what should have been confidential information.

Dear Abby: My colleagues and I are concerned about a close friend and co-worker. He insists that it’s not against the law to read books while driving. He says he does it only on highways because everyone is going the same speed and direction and you only need peripheral vision.

In every other aspect of his life, this man follows the rules to the letter and is a highly respected teacher. Is it true that this is legal? – CONCERNED IN OHIO

Dear Concerned: Of course not! A distracted driver who is reading books is at least as dangerous as one who is eating, texting, applying makeup, shaving or talking on a cellphone.

This “highly respected” teacher doesn’t have my respect; he’s a menace on the highway.

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