The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 28, 1986 · Page 7
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 7

Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, January 28, 1986
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Having babies a personal choice The Salina Journal Tuesday, January 28,1986 Page? Dear Ann Landers: Please tell your readers to give us a break. The general public doesn't seem to realize that couples are childless for one of two reasons: They don't want children at the present time, or they want children but are having fertility problems. At first, when people asked me when we were going to start a family, I was polite and explained why we decided to postpone parenthood. After a while, I became irritated and began to make sarcastic comments. One of these days I may scream or use some very unladylike language. I know other women who are trying to become pregnant. I've seen them in tears at the insensitive comments of "concerned" friends and relatives. The decision, if or when to have a baby, is an extremely personal one. Why don't people understand that? Any suggestions on how to deal with this problem? — Counting to 10 in Tenn. Dear Tenn.: Only a clod would ask such a question. My advice is to give the ignoramus the response she deserves. It's MYOB. Dear Ann Landers: I read the letter from "Bummed Out in West Palm Beach" and saw myself. I, too, have a son who is driving me crazy. Believe me, I wish we had decided 20 years ago not to have children. Our lives would have been a lot less complicated. We have taken this boy to neurologists, the clergy, counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists. We even took one doctor's advice and had him arrested when his behavior became violent. We hoped with every new attempt to find a solution to his problem and ours. Nothing works with this kid. My husband and I are living for the day when he leaves so we can lead a normal lif e. We have given it our best shot, all the support and love possible. Nothing seems to make one bit of difference. Sound bitter? Well, we are. When I see couples who are heartbroken because they can't get pregnant I want to tell them to stop trying so hard. Being childless isn't the worst thing in the world. Sometimes it's the best. — Living (?) on Long Island Dear L.I.: Would it make you feel better to know that I have had many letters expressing the same attitude? Thanks for your candor. Dear Ann Landers: This is for "Ticked Off in Cincinnati," who complained because some "crooks" put a coin in a machine to get a newspaper and take four: I live in Portland, Ore. If there is a malfunctioning coin-operated newspaper dispenser in this town, it will : find me. In the last six weeks, I have dropped at least $2 into those boxes for a 25-cent paper and the blasted thing still would not open. Just try to get your money back from the dealer who services the dispenser. I have waited months for a 50-cent refund and finally got it when I threatened to sue in small claims court. So you see, the readers in this community have the same problem as the folks in Cincinnati. — Also Ticked Off Dear Ticked: Wish I could help but I have no answers. How about a word from the folks who are responsible for the machines? What is a person supposed to do when the coins go in and the box doesn't open? • Dear Ann Landers: I feel compelled to respond to "Apoplectic in Dayton" who was outraged at her daughter's poor housekeeping. Such thinking is firmly rooted in another century and I hope her daughter will ignore the criticism. Where does this old bat get off criticizing a woman who works full time, keeps herself well-groomed and attractive and apparently has a satisfied husband and kids? She should be proud of her daughter's accomplishments instead of harping on something as trivial as dirty dishes in the sink. Besides, if her daughter's" family wants a cleaner home, let them help out. When are Ann Landers NEWS AMERICA women going to be liberated from the archaic notion housework is solely a woman's responsibility? — Bury the Dead (R.I.) Dear R.I.: Beautiful. I couldn't have said it as well myself. In fact, I didn't. Dear Ann Landers: I got quite a howl from "Been Around in Bakersfield" who purports to know all about men. She's right about some things, but she's wrong about a few others. I do wear boxer shorts, but I don't chase women. My phone number is unlisted. The ladies at work (some married) who figure I'm a real swinger, can't find me. When they suggest spending the night at my place (at least four have), I plead a previous commitment. Actually, I'm gay. Sorry to disappoint you, Bakersfield. Another stereotype bites the dust. — Surprise Package in Buffalo Dear Buff: Many readers tore "Bake" to shreds. You were quite gentle. Stay tuned for major mayhem. The fireplace insert for fireplace lovers: Furnish your fireplace with the elegant beauty of four glass bay windows reflecting the cheery warmth of a winter fire into every corner of your room. Achieve energy independence by converting wasted heat from your chimney into whole house comfort. Free standing models also available. 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