DEAR READERS: In late October, I printed a letter from "Tab in Swansea, Ill.," who asked what I perceive to be the main problem in society today. I responded that, as my column reflects, there is more than one. Then I asked what you, my readers, think is society's greatest problem - and the roof fell in! Your response was enormous, and I wish I could share all of it, but space does not permit. Today and tomorrow I'll print a sample:
Joseph Priestley, an English clergyman and chemist who was one of the discoverers of oxygen, said, "The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate."
DEAR DR. GOTT: I recently read a response from a reader about castor-oil rubs and grape juice with pectin. I, too, have had three cortisone shots in my hip (no recommendation from my doctor for hip surgery), and so far they offer only temporary relief.
DEAR READERS: Today's column is a continuation of yesterday's, with more of your thought-provoking answers to my question, "What do you think is society's greatest problem?" Read on:
CANTON, Ohio - Prosecutors said a former police officer strangled his pregnant girlfriend, rolled her body in a comforter, stuck it in the back of his truck, and drove to the home of a high school classmate who helped him dump it.
NEW ORLEANS - Wearing beaded sunglasses with feathers, 83-year-old Lorraine McCaslin waved a green handkerchief as she danced in New Orleans' Woldenberg Park, ushering in what she says is her favorite time of year - Mardi Gras.
LOS ANGELES - Environmental groups seeking to protect whales from the potentially harmful effects of sonar cheered a legal victory against the Navy and the Bush administration.
N'DJAMENA, ChaD - Chad's capital was mostly quiet Tuesday but rebels seeking to oust the president kept to the fringes of the city and threatened a fresh attack. France said it was prepared to intervene militarily to help the government repel the assault if necessary.
JERUSALEM - Israeli security forces were on high alert Tuesday, sending beefed-up patrols to public areas such as shopping malls, bus stations and train depots a day after the first Palestinian suicide attack in more than a year.
BAGHDAD - The U.S. military faced complaints Tuesday from its Sunni allies over claims that more civilians had been killed by American forces - amplifying tensions as the Pentagon tries to calm anger over an airstrike last week that claimed innocent lives.
ATLANTA - Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama coasted to a win Tuesday in Georgia over rival Hillary Rodham Clinton, riding a wave of support from the state's large black population.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Seventeen-year-olds who were charged with felonies as adults under a short-lived state law will either have their cases dismissed or be transferred back to juvenile court under a judge's ruling released Tuesday.
WASHINGTON - Domestic airline delays in 2007 were the second worst on record, the Transportation Department said Tuesday.
The times ahead indicate an active year for you with a greater increase in your social activities and your professional life. This is because you will meet someone - an adventurous type - who will influence and spur you on.
Note: All information included in this report is taken from law enforcement incident reports and arrest records, which are public records and available for review at any and all local law enforcement agencies. Not every arrest leads to a conviction. Guilt or innocence is determined by the court system.
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