Pick Your Punishment

Dear Short Answers: If you go to an all-you-can-eat buffet, do you have to eat everything on your plate before going back for seconds?  My wife and I completely disagree on this question. Still Hungry Dear Hungry: We presume that the joy of “all-you-can-eat” is that the CLEAN PLATE CLUB rules do not apply. However [...]

Growing Up

Dear Short Answers: Since I am paying for my son’s college education, shouldn’t I get to select the college that is right for him?  When did children get to choose things like that? Old-Fashioned Parent Dear Old-Fashioned: We understand how you feel and have some sympathy for your view but it it is a dangerous [...]

Uncertainty & Principle

Dear Short Answers: I’m pretty sure that a person I know in school cheated on a test.  And my friends think they know a couple other people who did, too.  I don’t think that what they did is my business but I’m worried that if they got high scores because they cheated then I might [...]

An Easy One

Dear Short Answers: Do you think it’s important to take a shower after going to the gym?  Even if you already took a shower that day? Bob Dear Bob: Yes. and Yes. Like Unlike

It’s Not About the Money

Dear Short Answers: Is it wrong to take a job JUST for the money?  Even if you think you would hate what you’re doing? Dan Dear Dan: It’s not that it’s WRONG, we think money is a very nice thing.  However, if you really hate the work, it is unlikely you will be able to [...]

A Little Help, Not a Lot

Dear Short Answers: If you know two people at work who really seem to like each other but can’t get up the nerve to say anything to the other person (even though they’ve both confided in me), should you try to help them out and get things started?  Or just let nature take it’s course?  [...]

To Be or Not to Be

Dear Short Answers: What do you think of assisted suicide for the terminally ill? EEJ Dear EEJ: Although we are respectful of the many religious, philosophical and medical objections, we believe that having options is almost always helpful. Particularly, in this case. Like Unlike

True ’til Proven Otherwise

Dear Short Answers: One of my dearest friends (who, by the way, is not very rich nor very attractive) has announced to everyone in town that she has a new boyfriend who is half her age!  Fine, I know it’s none of my business.  But somehow this mysterious boyfriend is never in town when we [...]

Boy Friends and Best Friends

Dear Short Answers: My boyfriend is cheating on me with my BFF and he does not know that I know that. What should I do? Upset Dear Upset: Sounds like you better talk to him. In fact, you better talk to both of them — considering that you may have made two poor choices. Like [...]

Stick to Your Guns

Dear Short Answers: Over the last few years, I’ve probably started to drink a bit more than I should so I decided to designate Monday and Wednesday as my “non-drinking” days.  It doesn’t seem necessary to tell this to people in advance so if I’m out somewhere and other people are drinking, I just get [...]

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