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Antibiotics are failing. I am compelled to point out and hopefully educate the pet owning public about the role that they may be playing in causing antibiotic resistance. There is a war between bacteria undergoing genetic mutations to fight our current antibiotics and scientists coming up with better and stronger antibiotics to fight these super-germs. These super-germs are becoming more prevalent and more difficult to treat.

Pregnant teen needs support and guidance, not rejection

Dear Abby: My best friend from school is pregnant. Her baby’s father is practically nonexistent, and she has no other friends besides me and one other person. I am the only one so far who knows about her pregnancy. She hasn’t told her dad and her grandparents because she’s scared they’ll kick her out. She has nowhere to go. My parents have told me to cut her off. What should I do?

Overpacking for business trip prompts questions of trust

Dear Abby: I’m in my 40s and my boyfriend of three years is 12 years older. We are in love and our relationship is great. He travels for work and lives in another state, so he flies in to see my daughter and me every other week. Because he is older, he uses Viagra, and it’s kept at my place in a drawer. I assumed that’s where it was always kept.

Nothing New — A madcap cavalcade of crime

From the rampant ickyness at the Thunderbird Motel to that runaway female prisoner, Aberdeen’s seedy underbelly has supplied some interesting news these last few weeks. These brought to mind other tales from the Harbor’s past that reflect the criminal element and their inability to follow the rules.

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Couple tries to pretend all is well for daughter’s sake

Dear Abby: My husband, “Mason,” and I have been married for 10 years. We have a beautiful 7-year-old daughter and have just found out we are having another girl. The day we learned her gender, Mason dropped a bomb on me. He said he’s not in love with me anymore, and it has been eating at him for a while. He said he was too scared to tell me sooner.

Woman still nursing wound of breakup nine years ago

Dear Abby: I recently found out my ex-boyfriend married the girl he cheated on me with, and they have had a baby. I didn’t think it would affect me because it has been nine years since our breakup, but I feel devastated and sad all over again. I constantly wonder why he was blessed with the happy ending I was wishing for. I ask myself why I haven’t met anyone worthwhile.

Ignorance of dad’s new life is bliss to his daughters

Dear Abby: I am a widower in my mid-80s and have met a lovely widow, “Diane,” also in her 80s. What started as a “let’s do lunch” friendship has developed into a close, affectionate relationship. Neither of us wants to take this to the next level, but we do want to spend as much time together as we can in the years left to us. We have a very active social life with friends and with Diane’s family who live in the same town.

Talk of long-ago divorce can bring present-day pain

Dear Abby: Would you please remind your readers that people who have been through an awful divorce DO NOT want to hear anything about their ex? We don’t want to hear — again and again — how much better the ex did in the settlement than we did. We don’t want to hear that the ex was seen with his girlfriend the other day.