Beware scorned Social Security recipient

CONCORD, N.H. — Sometimes politics is about chemistry; sometimes it is about mathematics. This presidential campaign is about a little of each.

Woman doesn’t respect friend’s time

DEAR HARRIETTE: I have a friend who doesn't respect my time at all, and it's very frustrating. We will make plans to go out for dinner or an event together, which I will have been looking forward to all day, and she'll cancel on me an hour before we're supposed to leave. If she doesn't cancel, she will postpone for an hour. I find it incredibly disrespectful toward me because time and being timely is something that I value. I find it interesting that she doesn't respect my time since she gets very upset when people mess with hers. All these incidents keep piling up, and I feel like I might snap at her and say something that I regret soon. How do I approach having a conversation with her about this and avoid creating tension? We are both in our early 20s, and I have learned that people around my age don't like being confronted about topics like this. I consider her my best friend and don't want this to ruin our friendship. — Honor Time DEAR HONOR TIME: You are overdue for a face-to-face. Sit down with your friend and express to her how disappointed you are in how your interactions have been going recently. Explain how you look forward to activities that the two of you plan together and how jarring it is when she regularly cancels, postpones or delays plans that you have made together. Tell her that it isn't respectful of your time, and you do not appreciate it. Sure, she may not like that you are bringing this up, but you must.

Abortion backfires on Republicans

The next election is more than 14 months away, but every analyst who studies the data is coming to the same conclusion: That contest — a likely rerun between Joe Biden and Donald Trump — will be very close. Democrats start with a small advantage in the electoral map, but the latest national polls show the two contenders in a dead heat.

Musician upset with friend’s honest feedback

DEAR HARRIETTE: I'm having trouble with a musician friend of mine. She came to me seeking advice about a few songs she's been working on. I gave her my opinion, trying my best to be as tactful as possible. However, she took my feedback the wrong way and ended up getting quite upset with me. She claimed that she valued my opinion, yet her reaction said otherwise. I'm now wondering if it would be unfair for me to ask her to stop seeking my advice altogether. — You Asked DEAR YOU ASKED: Why not just pause altogether? You don't need to address this situation right now. You see the impact that your advice had on your friend, at least in the immediate aftermath. Perhaps she will consider your input after getting over her hurt feelings and take it into account. Perhaps not. There's a good chance she won't ask you for advice anymore since she didn't receive it well. If she does, that's when you can decline, telling her that you do not feel comfortable sharing your honest opinion since you have experienced her taking your feedback very poorly.

Weakness of Biden impeachment articles

There's a lot of talk among House Republicans about impeaching President Joe Biden. But GOP members disagree on whether there is enough evidence to go forward. On one hand, Republican investigators have made enormous progress in the past few weeks. The testimony of former Hunter Biden business partner Devon Archer demolished Joe Biden's claim that he didn't talk to his son about Hunter's shady foreign business deals. GOP lawmakers are also finding increasing evidence that foreign money flowed to multiple members of the Biden family close to Joe Biden himself.

Swimmer’s ear triggered by moisture in canal

Dear Doctors: Our 12-year-old son loves swimming. He's in the pool all year, without any problems. This summer, he started taking surfing lessons, and he got a pretty bad earache.

Daughters don’t accept mom’s boyfriend

DEAR HARRIETTE: I am a 40-yearold single mother of twin 10-year-old daughters. I have been dating a guy for a year. I really like him and even think he could be the one. My daughters, however, have been nothing but nasty to him, regardless of how well he has treated them. He has brought them gifts and taken them to do fun activities, but they still aren't impressed. I know it's because they feel as if I am replacing their dad, who unfortunately died when they were 6. I loved him very much, but I am ready to find another partner. I feel distraught about how to proceed in this relationship because I don't want to make everyone who's involved have a miserable life if we marry. I have tried breaking through to them about my boyfriend and telling them that he's not here to replace their dad, but they just don't listen. I am thinking of breaking up with him even though I really like him. What are your opinions on my situation? — Making Peace DEAR MAKING PEACE: Your girls need more time. While a year may seem like a long time to you and your guy, it is not long from the perspective of a life. If you and he seriously want to marry and create a family together, you both have to be willing to be patient and continue to build relationships with the girls.