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Mother’s alcoholism poses serious threat to her baby

Dear Abby: I just realized I’m six weeks pregnant. I have always wanted to start a family and raise children with my fiance, but I have a big problem. I am an alcoholic and have been struggling with this issue for a few years. I don’t know the effect this could have on my baby, but I know it isn’t good. My fiance also drinks a lot, and our home situation isn’t the greatest for a child because of it.

Being a good listener is the best way to be heard

Dear Abby: I am responding to “Tired of Talking to Myself” (Feb. 13), whose husband’s ears slam shut when she begins to speak. This is not a problem that’s exclusive to men. Women do it as well. As a retired PA (physician’s assistant), when talking with patients, I would refer to it as selective hearing loss.

Why is organized religion important?

Rabbi Mark H. Levin, Congregation Beth Torah founding rabbi, Overland Park, Kan: People often say that the world would be better off without religion. Unfortunately, that’s like saying that the world would be better off without breathing, a necessity for life.

‘Dear Abby’ dinner promises good food and good times

Dear Abby: We have enjoyed an international dinner club with three other couples for many years. Besides an international theme, we occasionally have other theme dinners. The host couple chooses the country and is responsible for the main course. Another couple brings an associated entree, the third couple brings dessert and the fourth couple provides the wine. We rotate responsibilities so we host only once every four months.

Navy Band Northwest to perform in Raymond, Wash.

Commander, Navy Region Northwest and Sunday Afternoon Live present a Navy Band Northwest production entitled “Red ,White and Blue” at the Raymond Theater on May 31, at 2 p.m. All ages are invited to this free celebration showcasing the U.S. Navy’s premier musical organization in the Pacific Northwest.