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Handicap parking scofflaws: Anonymous complaints on Illin...

So when did you become the arbiter of what a disabled person is allowed to do or not do? How dare you tell anyone they should stay home in a storm. People who struggle with disabilities, no matter what type, have enough on their plate with daily living. They don't need people like you to "help" them.  (Aug 5, 2009 | post #146)

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Handicap parking scofflaws: Anonymous complaints on Illin...

Just because you can't see a problem doesn't mean a disability isn't there. My husband doesn't have a problem with his upper body strength, but the neuropathy in his legs has caused all sorts of problems with his balance. So, when you see him pushing a cart with groceries in it to his car parked in the H/C parking spot, know that his balance and physical stability are based on the presence of the cart. He can load the groceries, but risks falling while doing that. Those people that chronically misuse the placards and plates will get caught eventually, but in the meantime, an awful lot of truly disabled people will be tattled on to get the few.  (Aug 5, 2009 | post #9)

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Missing AT&T refund causes disconnect

I was trying to purchase a new cell phone and the salesperson seemed disinterested at best. He was on a personal phone call and didn't want to hang up. Finally, he did so, and I asked for information on phones. He vaguely waved in the direction of the wall display, and said, "They're all over there." I asked how much time was left on my contract and he said, "Your contract has expired." I said, "So, why am I still here?" He said, "I don't know, why are you?" AT&T will never get my business again. It might be a good idea if AT&T read this column to see how many times they are in it.  (Aug 4, 2009 | post #20)

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Family sues Chicago White Sox, Joliet bar over woman's hi...

My heart breaks for the family, and I wish them Godspeed. It must be hard to accept that their daughter made some really poor choices. It's so much easier to blame the sources of the drinks, rather than allow for their daughter's human failings. Suing these organizations won't bring her back, and money won't make it better. The only lesson to be learned here is than children often lie to get what they want.  (Aug 1, 2009 | post #3)

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Dear Abby 8/1/09

When my first granddaughter died from SIDS, I thought I would cry forever. I had a friend who didn't call, just drove over and came in and held me while I sobbed (the tears come now just thinking about it). I was so afraid I might never stop, but I did and that one act of kindness was so incredible, that it's one of the few things I remember about that terrible time. Grief is such a personal thing, and when someone tells you that you are doing it wrong, it adds to the pain. LW1, please do whatever you must to retain your sanity, and try to ignore those who are clueless.  (Aug 1, 2009 | post #9)

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Lump on the couch is the shape of things to come

I wonder if LW1 ever had a conversation with the lump on the couch that started with, "Before we do this, let's talk about what will be expected of all of us..." Since it didn't mention in the letter about him being a mind-reader, how else would he know. That being said, he is a lazy, barely breathing slug, who sits on the sofa and plays video games while her family takes care of the house and yard. If after the above conversation he continues to behave in this manner, it's time to cut her losses and set his stuff on the porch. For LW3, enough already. It's time to grow up, and realize that people say things or don't say things for a personal reason. That reason doesn't have to match yours, nor does it have to make sense. It's their reason. If I've offended anyone in my life with anything I've said, I apologize and I'll never do it again...hmmmm. Guess those steroids have affected me after all. I'll go to my room now.  (Aug 1, 2009 | post #22)

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What's Your Problem: Mundelein High School error forces t...

Um, Shirl...do you think you might be over-reacting just a bit? I'm hoping that you are being sarcastic, but in case you aren't...ETS is a not-for-profit, not a big corporation. Without their strict rules, the testing results would lose validity and then what would be the point? I think this is a minor blip, a speed bump, in the life of the kids involved and many of them will face many more difficult issues than retaking a standardized test. Yes, we can teach them that ETS is "unfair" but if the colleges were to refuse to accept the test results as potentially tainted, then everyone is out. The school is offering free test prep and free retake. Why are you attacking ETS when the school is offering to make it right? ETS did nothing wrong here. Don't you have rules that are non-negotiable?  (Aug 1, 2009 | post #12)

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What's Your Problem: Mundelein High School error forces t...

You obviously are a fan of suing for the sake of suing. What identifiable harm is there here? Do the children have damage to their little feelings? Will this result in permanent damage? The children will have to take a test again? Oh boo hoo! The school is taking responsibility for what happened, and this is a great opportunity to teach the children involved that there are bigger and more important things going on in the world than this.  (Jul 27, 2009 | post #7)

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Dream wedding might be a bit much after baby's born

Wow! So many children being raised well in all sorts of families and we still call it being "knocked up." That phrase points to your attitude, and that is all you see. What a shame. The fact that they marry at all is less common today than it was in my day, and yes, we should celebrate. There will always be people like you who absolutely must find the negative, the dirt on which to pounce. Thank goodness there are people like me to come to the wedding.  (Jul 26, 2009 | post #2)

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Dear Abby 7-3

You are all great! Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend.  (Jul 3, 2009 | post #19)

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Wife excluded from party planning

On the other hand, they have slowly whittled away at the number of advice columns in the Trib. Maybe this is their way of telling us that we will soon wake up to none. Seems that all my faves are relocating to the same paper. Wonder why...  (Jun 27, 2009 | post #6)

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Magician not ready for kids to appear

I had a hard time deciding what LW1 was actually asking. It sounds like she is concerned that hubby "lives in a fantasy world," and wants to change his name legally (?) to his stage name. She also complains that she is "looked down upon by family and friends" for supporting hubby and handling the business of his career. The fact that he says he's not ready to have a child yet seems pretty mild compared to those two statements. What "fantasy world" is he living in that he has the maturity to know that they're not ready for a child? He sounds pretty real world to me. I wonder more about why she doesn't seem to understand his concerns. That he earns enough as an entertainer to support two people in this economy tells me he must be a magician in more ways than one.  (Jun 20, 2009 | post #6)

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Swine flu wedding: Flu can't stop lovesick couple

It's neither. What's sad or funny about a couple getting married? I wish them the best life possible and hope they continue to find ways around potential problems. Mazal tov!  (Jun 19, 2009 | post #4)

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Set clear baby-sitting rules with parents

Is it my imagination or are we getting decidedly mean spirited toward Amy lately? I don't always agree with her either, but some of our postings seem to go after her personally. It's her words we don't agree with, not her looks.  (Jun 19, 2009 | post #4)

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