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She makes how much?
Dear Annie: I have 38 years
Dear Undervalued: Your
of experience in the health care experience speaks to the power of
industry. I love my job and perspective. You went from being
co-workers. I’ve been at my pres- satisfied to feeling cheated, not
ent job for 11 years. “Good work because of any change in your job
ethics, dependability, loyalty and or the way your employer treated
honesty” is my work mantra. My you but because you gained
knowledge of your
has been here for a lit-
co-worker’s salary. Still,
tle over two years. She
I understand why you’re
is doing a great job. Our
duties are comparable. I
If you haven’t gotten
enjoy working with her
a raise in a while, now is
and care for her.
the perfect time to request
one. Highlight your ded-
But she is a very close
ication and work ethic to
friend of my employer’s
your manager just as you
and my office manager’s,
and I learned that she is Annie
did in your letter. And if
you don’t get the answer
making the same hourly
wage as I. Her past expe-
you’re looking for, make
peace with the situation. Get back
rience was teaching preschool.
Needless to say, it has been to your mantra. Keep your eyes on
hurtful; I feel slighted, and it has the horizon and the rainbow that
rattled my work confidence. Over is retirement. You’re fortunate to
the past 10 years, I have turned have a job you love enough to
down three job offers that would turn down offers. Not many peo-
have paid me a higher wage. ple can say that.
Dear Annie: So many peo-
My employer doesn’t know
this or realize my loyalty to the ple write to you about negativities
office. Retirement is three or four in their lives. I wanted to write to
years away for me, but mean- you about a positive.
On Valentine’s Day, my wife
while, I would like to be treated
fairly. Could you please offer and I celebrated our 47th wedding
me a solution or some advice? anniversary.
In the mid-1960s, I lost a son;
then in January 1969, I lost my
first wife. I found myself single,
living in a rural area with five
children. I was overwhelmed.
In late 1969, I went on a blind
date with my current wife. I told
her I had five children, and she
said, “So?” This was unlike the
couple of other dates I had before;
those women would not even let
me drive them home when I men-
tioned my five children.
I drove home saying to myself,
“I’m going to marry that woman!”
I feel blessed that my marriage
has been full of love and respect.
We made a vow to each other
when we got married never to go
to bed angry at each other. It was
hard a few times, but we did it.
I am ready for another 47 years
with her. I love her. — Larry G.
Dear Larry: Thank you very
much for sharing your story. Life
handed you some pretty sour lem-
ons, and you made sweet lemon-
ade. I am so happy for you and
your wife and am sure that your
son and first wife are smiling
down from heaven.
What I love most about your
letter is your gratitude. Having an
attitude of gratitude has been sci-
entifically proved to have many
health benefits. Stay thankful.
THE DAILY ASTORIAN • THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017
By Holiday Mathis, Creators Syndicate Inc.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). In an environ-
ment with strict rules that most are inclined to
follow, new ways of thinking are hard to come
by. But since the problem won’t be solved
without a good idea, you may want to go
somewhere different to think about it.
you put into it.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You won’t be
sorry if you err on the side of kindness and
restraint today. This will be easier to do when
you relax and get a little distance on the day’s
potentially tense situation.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ve
seen ravens, maybe hundreds of them, and
they’ve all been black. It suggests, but doesn’t
prove, the color of all ravens. Use what you
learn, but don’t assume that all the facts are
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). It so often hap-
pens in life that it’s not the best one who wins
the prize; rather, the winner is the best fit for
the particular prize. This is just one more rea-
son not to take it too personally, win or lose.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). Just as a tree
crashing in the forest does not count as a
sound if there is no ear to hear it, your own
creative impulses require a sounding board.
Find one, or you won’t be motivated to con-
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Because you’re
inwardly quiet and outwardly observant today
you will witness an instance of touching minuti-
ae capable of expanding your heart like a sail
to send you floating on the breezes of the day.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). There are many
societal rewards being used to bribe you along
a certain path. If they only knew that you have
your own reasons for being on this journey,
reasons far more rewarding than anything they
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Handling stress
well is the skill to build on, as it will reward you
time and again throughout your life. Learn how
to better process bodily sensations associated
with stress. It will be worth the time and money
FRANK AND ERNEST
PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN
WIZARD OF ID
ROSE IS ROSE
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Your happiness
will be the result of following an impulse to
explore and learn. Your research will lead you
to concepts, next steps and, most importantly,
people who can help you take them.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The people
who know you well can anticipate, among
other things, your time of arrival, general ap-
pearance and the conversational topics you’re
likely to choose. But today you’ll surprise them.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Though it may
not be easy or even possible to change today’s
circumstances, it may very well be possible
to change the way you experience them — a
change that will absolutely help you reach your
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Your closest
friends and loved ones are not always your
best support system. You are right to cater
your sharing to your audience. Let people earn
the right to know certain things about you.
TOMORROW’S BIRTHDAY (March 3). Your
presence makes hearts grow stronger. You’ll
never know what a difference you make
this year just by showing up! Your powers of
imagination are extra strong over the next
10 weeks, so imagine success. A structure
around practicing your craft will put you in the
running for more money in July and a prize in
August. Capricorn and Aries adore you. Your
lucky numbers are: 1, 4, 44, 48 and 30.