Point the way to the escape hatch

We’ll probably learn within a week or two whether President Joe Biden’s vow to persist in his 2024 candidacy will hold, or whether he’ll yield to what Democrats urging him to step aside see as political reality. If previous Democratic presidents are keeping their counsel, their best-known political advisers are not.


• You’re having a picnic or spending time outdoors and want to pour your excess soda, lemonade or sweetened iced tea onto the ground, or by a plant to give it a little extra treat. What’s the harm, right? Actually, you’re creating a lot of harm. Plants don’t metabolize sugar like humans do – the sugar blocks their ability to absorb water.

Fiancé resists caring for grandmother

DEAR HARRIETTE: I’m facing an absolutely disheartening situation involving my fiancé and my grandmother, who raised me single-handedly due to my parents’ struggles with addiction. My grandmother has always been my rock, and now, with her health declining, there’s pressure from my fiance to move her into a nursing home. He’s adamant about not having her live with us, which conflicts with my desire to care for her at home as she did for me. I love my fiance dearly and I understand his reasoning of wanting to start a new chapter with me focusing only on ourselves, but at the same time, I am disappointed because he knows exactly how much Gran means to me. Additionally, my fiance is pushing for us to get married soon, but I’m torn. I want to honor Gran by providing her with the best care possible. – Granddaughter

Understanding and living with fibromyalgia

Dear Doctors: I had muscle pain and exhaustion for two years, and no one could figure out what was wrong. A rheumatologist recently diagnosed me with fibromyalgia. I would appreciate any information you have about this, including what the treatment options are.

Democrats are fractured and frustrated

President Joe Biden vented “I’m getting frustrated by the elites in the party,” on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” ‘Oh, they know so much more.’ Any of these guys that don’t think I should run, run against me.” When host Joe Scarborough mentioned that some donors want him to withdraw, the president snarled, “I don’t care what the millionaires think. ... I am running.”

Struggling with infertility amid sister’s joy

DEAR HARRIETTE: My sister recently had a baby, and while I am happy for her, I can’t help but feel a deep sense of jealousy. My husband and I have been trying for a child for 10 years, and this is a milestone we’ve been dreaming of reaching. Seeing my sister achieve it so effortlessly – especially since she is five years younger than me – has been incredibly hard for me to handle emotionally.