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Justice in Motion — September is National Preparedness Month

Seeing as this gorgeous summer weather is going to abandon us in the hopefully not-so-near future, it seems a good time to remind folks about being prepared for emergencies and disasters. The December 2007 storm occurred just a couple of months after I arrived to this community. I was very lucky to have a friend and neighbor who was amply prepared so frankly I enjoyed the paid week off. However, but for his assistance, I would have been in quite a pickle as I was not at all prepared.

Fall Cookies

Whether or not the weather cooperates, September marks the beginning of fall baking season. It’s also the perfect time to try some recipes for “ordinary” cookies — good enough for a weekday lunch but not tied to any major holiday.

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, but your second paragraph took a wrong turn.

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 mode was over, they bought me off with an expensive car and continued believing I’m straight.

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