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Car Talk: Hard to steer Buick may require more than strong arms

Dear Car Talk: I bought a new Buick Rendezvous in 2004. It has 226,400 miles on it now. It has been well maintained and driven by me, now a 77-year-old lady. The power steering became hard to turn. So, my mechanic put in a new power steering pump, new serpentine belt, new high pressure and ...

Dear Abby: Wife in new marriage seeks balance with mom

DEAR ABBY: My mom and I have always been close, but since I got married, I have been having a hard time setting boundaries. My parents divorced when I was 12, and Mom went through a string of boyfriends — including an abusive one. She hasn’t dated anyone seriously in the last five years. My ...

Dear Annie: Letters a reminder that love never dies

Dear Readers: Thank you for your heartfelt and humbling responses to Second Wife, who is bothered that her second husband continues to carry a photo of his late wife in his billfold. These serve as an important reminder that though loved ones die, our love for them doesn’t. Dear Annie: ...

Hints from Heloise: Roof inspections

Dear Readers: With cold winter weather approaching, this is the time to give your roof a visual inspection. Here is a safe way to do it. Get a ladder and use binoculars to examine the roof. If this task seems daunting, hire a professional to do the job. Here’s what should be done. 1. Check ...

To Your Good Health: Colonoscopy is a valid screening test for 70-year-old

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old man in good health. I have had regular colonoscopies since my 50s, but I wonder about the wisdom of a colonoscopy at my age. My doctor has sent repeated requests for me to schedule the procedure. Is this a valid exam at my age, or is the clinic taking ...

The Motley Fool

Ask the Fool Mind the GAAP Q: What’s “GAAP”? — A.M., Santa Maria, California A: Investors are likely to see references to GAAP — an acronym for Generally Accepted Accounting Principles — when reviewing companies’ financial statements, such as balance sheets and income ...