DEAR ABBY: This is in response to "Young Mom in Oklahoma" (May 7), who wrote asking if it was OK to discipline her 4-year-old by smashing his toys with a hammer. Your response was appropriate. However, that mother should be encouraged to attend parenting classes or speak to her son's pediatrician regarding her problem with how to discipline her son. I am very concerned for the child's well-being if she even has to ask if it's OK to smash his toys with a hammer. - A MOM WHO CARES
LONDON - ''Those who cure you are going to kill you.''
PANORAMA CITY, Calif. - The federal government will spend more than $1 billion this year on nutrition education - fresh carrot and celery snacks, videos of dancing fruit, hundreds of hours of lively lessons about how great you will feel if you eat well.
PHILADELPHIA - Merit pay tied to student test scores seems all the rage in some educational circles, but many teachers think it's an idea whose time hasn't come.
ATLANTA - Chris Benoit's mother said she wonders whether her son would still be alive if federal agents had been more aggressive when they discovered the professional wrestler was buying large quantities of steroids.
NEW YORK - Fireworks crews checked the wiring for their displays and hundreds of people took their citizenship oaths Wednesday on a Fourth of July marked by tight security.
BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Deadly methane gas emanating from a dairy farm's manure pit killed five people, including four members of a Mennonite family, authorities said.
WASHINGTON - Some of the armed officers with dogs that turned up this week around airports, subways and bus stops are part of special Transportation Security Administration teams sent to protect mass transit sites over the July Fourth holiday.
It behooves you to establish good relationships with persons both in your social and work world. The more persons you know, the greater your chances will be for furthering your aims in life.
DEAR DR. GOTT: I feel sorry for you. Doesn't your wife (if you even have one) make homemade banana bread? The ingredients include flour, and it is delicious. Does your wife know how to bake? I bet you won't print this letter.
Do not allow yourself to get discouraged if an endeavor in which you're involved does not get off to an auspicious start. Tenacity will reap the rewards you are seeking.
DEAR ABBY: I am a former junior high and high school teacher. I do not agree with your advice to "Deflowered in Pennsylvania" (May 2), the 28-year-old who made some "poor choices" as a teenager and is no longer a virgin. She is dating "Chris," a 26-year-old man who is saving himself for marriage and wants to marry a virgin. You told her that because Chris needs time to think about this discrepancy, she should move on.
DEAR DR. GOTT: My question concerns my 34-year-old son. He does not smoke or drink and is in excellent health. However, he recently had pains on his right side, and they got so bad he went to the emergency room. He was admitted to the hospital for three days. All kinds of tests were performed, and finally a CT scan detected multiple blood clots in his right lung. He is now on Coumadin, under the care of his family doctor and nearly back to normal.
DEAR ABBY: My 12-year-old identical twin daughters, "Alicia" and "Amanda," have always dressed alike and enjoyed being completely identical. However, Alicia has recently decided that she wants to be an individual and dress differently.
A first-grade teacher asks what she can do about a girl in her class who is completely undisciplined. After nearly two months of this teacher's best efforts, the child's behavior is no better. She is defiant and aggressive toward other kids, and often gets out of her seat and crawls around on the floor. Several years ago she taught the girl's older sister, who also had numerous discipline issues. The home is chaotic, so the teacher doubts she can expect much - if any - help from the parents.
The Georgia Recreation and Parks Association First District held its annual awards banquet last week in Statesboro. Among those in attendance receiving awards was the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department and its staff.
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Brannen of Statesboro celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary October 16 on Fripp Island, South Carolina, with their children and grandchildren. The couple married October 16, 1964, at the Calvary Baptist Church. They have two children, Gary Brannen and Jonda Nelson, both of Statesboro; and five grandchildren.
Col. and Mrs. Charles Ray Mize Jr. of Martinez, Georgia, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Kristina Lee Mize, to Garrett Lee Ralston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walker David Ralston of Eatonton, Georgia.
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Martin of Statesboro announce the engagement of their son, John Thomas Martin, to Katie Danielle Miller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Miller of Kansas City, Missouri.
Nineteen-year-old Christian "Eric" Spencer loves to play his trombone - now.
On my ride to work on the first day of October, I turned on the defrost in my car for the first time this year. When I got to work, I turned off my air conditioning, relishing in the cool, rainy temperatures outside. This season, I've already enjoyed a few weekend brunches on my screened-in back porch, easy like a Sunday morning. I'm always sad to see summer go, but the food of fall and the excitement of the holidays quickly propel me forward.
BALTIMORE - With each passing week, the Atlanta Falcons - and their offense in particular - have become progressively worse.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military said Sunday it had airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants.
ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal questioned Democrat Jason Carter's leadership and faulted his legislative record, while Carter attacked the incumbent over a high unemployment rate and accused him of an ethics scandal.
ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal announced Sunday that he is creating a special team to assess Georgia's preparedness for the Ebola crisis.
BOSTON - Old Ironsides took one last trip around Boston Harbor on Friday ahead of a major, multi-year restoration project, firing its cannons while the Dropkick Murphys punk band and a Boston Pops quintet entertained hundreds of special guests and dignitaries on board.
A sudden plunge in mortgage rates this week raised an urgent question for millions of Americans:
Mr. James Clifford Conner
Our nation needs to get its fiscal house in order, and to do so citizens must fully demand leaders who are willing to put partisan differences aside and come together to present the American people with honest solutions and consensus proposals that put the national interest ahead of special interests. That is why we were so disheartened to learn that John Barrow is being criticized for his support of a budget based on the plan recommended in 2010 by a bipartisan majority of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform which we co-chaired (Simpson-Bowles Commission).