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Comics /Features THE DAILY GLOBE. Ironwood, Ml — Monday, Sept 14, Page 12 Reader tells Ann to 'get a grip FOR BETTER OR WORSE Dear Ann Landers: As a parent of a high school senior, I found your answer to "D.W. in Wheidon, 111.," totally off base. I can usually count on you for solid advice, but condoning prom sleepovers was just plain loony. Teenagers have been trying to con their parents for generations by claiming, "Every one else is doing it," when often that is not true. The ones who are "doing it" have parents who are not paying attention or have lost control ard arc letting the lunatics run the asylum. Simply because "Wheaton's" daughter is 18 is irrelevant. As long as she is living at home, she is under parental authority. Also, I'm not as sure as you seem lo be that the morals of an 18-year-old arc set in concrete. How many of your readers can recall some of the reckless things they did when they were college students? 1 can recall several. Get a grip, Ann. Accepting the lowest common denominator for standards of morality is one of the reasons our country has so many problems. We would be a lot better off if we would -- JUST SAY NO (FAIRFAX. VA.) DEAR JUST SAY NO: I needed asbestos mittens to handle the letters from irate parents who assumed I was condoning prom sleepovers. Nothing could be further from the truth. I said such situations could tempt inappropriate behavior and it was better to be too strict than too permissive. My mistake was adding -that "responsible 18-year-olds should be able to handle it." So get out the bullwhip. The wet noodle won't do. I should have advised the parent who wrote lo say, "No - you cannot spend prom night in a hotel or moicl with your friends, no matter what. You may stay out later than usual - maybe 3 ajn. or even 4:00, but you are going to sleep al home." I'm pleading temporary insanity and hope this blows over before long. There's no more room for the mailbags. Here's a sampling: From an Indiana dad: Are you out of your mind? Why on Earth would I purposely risk tempting my own teenagers by putting them in a potentially dangerous situation like a prom-night sleepover? It has all the ingredients for disaster. Taking a room full of hormone-overloaded, adrenaline-filled teenagers, turning back the sheets of the beds, dimming the lights and expecting them to go right to sleep shows very little common sense. Long Island, N.Y.: I am a certified school social worker. Being in a hotel room or a cottage with a group of celebrating teens does not give a youngster adequate lime or space to develop a well-thought-out plan when faced with a tempting decision. Unsuperviscd prom slecpovers lend themselves to alcohol abuse, illicit drug use and unplanned sex, even for the most responsible teen. Virginia Beach, Va.: I spent eight years in the hotel business. A minor cannot sign himself into a hotel. If the parent were to sign for him and then leave the premises, that would constitute fraud. If something should happen under those circumstances, the lawyers would have a field day. Altadena, Calif: When my son went 10 his prom, his father paid for a limousine. The driver was given a list of where the kids were permitted to go. As he put it, "I don't care if they want tof go to church and pray If it isn't on that list, they are not going." I trust rny son, but he is only human. Indianapolis: You are wrong, wrong, wrong. These kids are using that old line, "If you really trust me, you'll let me go and spend the night," You should have told that parent to say, "I trust you, but it's your hormones I'm not sure of. The answer is no. You cannot go and spend the night in a hotel with your boyfriend. I don't care who else is doing what. And this is final." "A Collection of My Favorite Gems of the Day" is the perfect little gift for that special someone who is impossible to buy for. Send a self- addressed, long, business-size envelope and a check or money aider for £5.25 (this includes postage and handling) to: Collection, do Ann Landers, P.O. Box 11562, Chicago, III. 60611-0562 (in Canada, $625). To find out more about Ann Landers and read her past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com. Your Horoscope Tuesday, Sept. 15. 1998 Th« times ahead look promising, provided you establish definite objectives. To go off on a tangent could deprive you of victory. VIRGO (Aug. 23-S«pt. 22) There's a remote possibility you might be overly- Bridge 09149* West 87642 Q 9 3 832 J 5 East * K ¥ K J 10 7 6 * J 10 9 6 * Q 10 9 South * J 10 3 » A 8 2 * A Q 7 4 * A K 6 Vulnerable: North-South Dealer: South South Wrst North East 1 * 14. Dbl. 2 V 2 NT Pass 3 NT All pass Opening lead: » 3 influenced by someone who doesn't have your best interest at heart today Think for yourself and call your own shots. Trying to patch up a broken romance? The Astro-Graph Matchmaker can help you understand what to do to make the relationship work. Mail $2.75 to Matchmaker, c/o this newspaper, P.O. Box 1758. Murray Hi!l Station, New York, NY 10156. UBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) If your policy is to put off until tomorrow thing* that should be done today, you'll invite complications. Anything you sweep under the rug could be abrasive later. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) Social contacts promising to do big things for you today might be better at talking than doing. Placing your hopes in this area could be disappointing SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) It's important that you and your mate aim for the same objectives today. If not, you could be in lor a frustrating tug-o-war session. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Ideas and concepts should be kept in proper perspective today, or else they could be distorted and blown out of proportion. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) Avoid deficit spending today. It could prove unwise to make large purchases and hope to cover them later. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) Someone you're closely associated with might be difficult to get along with today. Excuse yourself from his/her presence if you see • any storm signals. ARIES (March 21-April 19) Try to play things down the middJe in career matters today. Lingering problems could result from behavior that is either too negative or unrealisticalry optimistic. TAURUS (April'20-M«y 20) Guard against overindulgence today if you've been watching your waistline. Remember, obesity is the penalty we pay for exceeding the limit. GEMINI (May 21-Jun« 20) Your image could suffer today it you don't handle yourself well in competitive situations. If you win, be humble. If you lose, do so with grace. CANCER (June 21-Juty 22) Unless you have the poker face to carry it off, bon'l try to bluft your way through sticky situations today. Associates will be able to read you accurately. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Skillful maneuvering is imperative today if you hope to come out in the plus column of your commercial affairs. Don't let your guard down for a minule. 01998 by NEA, Inc. Back in the time machine By Phillip Alder It is fun reading old bridge books. The latest I have perused is "Fall of the Cards" by Donald Parson (Little, Brown, 5959). This contains 100 problems, some declarer-play, some defense and some double-dummy (when you can see all 52 cards). The book is particularly interesting for two reasons: The writing style is innovative, Parson using a variety of literary "plagiarisms" and some clever wordplay; and he regularly repeats bridge themes. How would you plan the play in this three-no-trump contract? In answer to her partner's bid, West leads the heart three. Obviously, the bidding is an example of bridge-writer's license. Parson claims East and West were two of King Lear's daughters, Gnneril and Regan. (Parson suggests that Shakespeare must have run out of names!) Still, South, the third daughter, Cordelia, knew of her sisters' unethical leaning. ("Like certain politicians today, they might not do anything illegal, but immorality was okey dokey.") With seven top tricks, the contract looked easy because surely the spade finesse was working, given West's overcall. Yet Cordelia realized that the finesse wasn'-t needed for the contract. So, after holding up her heart ace until the third round, she played a spade to dummy's ace. Goneril unhappily dropped the king. But if the king hadn't appeared, Cordelia would have continued with a spade to her jack, driving out the king and setting up nine tricks. At the end of the deal, according to Parson, "... the sisters uttered a word which, if I printed it, would cau.se this publication to be banned in Boston and ensure it a huge success." c 1908 foyNKA, Inc. 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