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Tuesday, January 2, 2018
BY CHARLES M . SCHULZ
Both patience and pocketbook
are worn thin by grandkids
FOR BETTER OR WORSE
BY LYNN JOHNSTON
BY JOHNNY HART
BY BRIAN CRANE
Dear Abby: I recently moved
And last, because this unpleasant
back home to help take care of my
family dynamic is taking a toll on
mom. We get along well, but there’s
you, you must decide if you want to
one major issue. She has to care for
remain in that household under those
my brother’s four kids every day
conditions, or if coming home to take
and is pretty much raising them.
care of your mother was a mistake
Because they are loud, whiny, rude
you should rectify.
and demanding, my mother snaps and
Dear Abby: We are a couple in
yells at them constantly. It makes life
our 70s living in drought-stricken
miserable for everyone.
Phillips Southern California. Our dearest
My brother refuses to accept the
friends moved to Nevada three years
fact that he’s taking advantage of our
ago, and we visit them often.
mom financially and emotionally.
What drives me crazy when we
He has plenty to say about me moving back visit is the way they use water. When we
home, though, even though I help to pay bills finish a meal, my hostess will go to the sink
and contribute. Never once has he offered and rinse the dishes before putting them into
to make a dent in the huge grocery bill his the dishwasher. I mentioned to her that it was
children ring up, and he complains about how only necessary to scrape the plates, that the
much gas Mom uses toting them to the half- dishwasher is designed to wash dirty dishes,
dozen or so programs he has them in.
and she agreed — temporarily. The last time
I have PTSD, and the situation is taking its we visited, she was back to her old habits.
toll on me to the point that I can no longer be Also, she runs the dishwasher when it’s only
around the kids or my mom. Is there anything half-full, instead of waiting until there’s a full
I can do? Or must I just accept that this is load.
how life will be if I choose to stay home? —
I realize that Nevada is not having a
Taking A Toll In North Carolina
drought, but I find her water waste very
Dear Taking A Toll: Have a talk with upsetting. I’m aware that it’s her house and
your mother about her short fuse with her water and she can do what she wants, but
the grandchildren, and figure out why it’s is there anything you can suggest that I can
happening. If she is so stressed or sick that say or do to get her to cut down on her water
she can’t manage them, correct them and give usage? — Parched In So-Cal
them positive reinforcement, they should not
Dear Parched: I have news for you. Cali-
be under her supervision.
fornia is not the only state that has suffered
Your brother should not expect his mother through drought problems. Nevada has
to foot the bill for feeding and transporting plenty of them, too. Make the speech you’re
them. If your mother can’t make him under- dying to make once and get it off your chest.
stand that, then the two of you should make After that, be a gracious guest and keep your
clear that if he doesn’t pony up, his children mouth shut. You are not the drought police,
will have to go to day care rather than Grand- and if you keep harping on this, you may no
longer be a welcome houseguest.
DAYS GONE BY
BY MORT WALKER
BY JIM DAVIS
BY DEAN YOUNG AND STAN DRAKE
100 Years Ago
From the East Oregonian
Jan. 1-2, 1918
The new year was born in Pendleton amid
noise and plenty of it. Bells rang, whistles
blew, guns popped and many other noise-
making devices were in evidence to greet the
infant 1918 at midnight last night. It was not
such a hilarious greeting as other years have
had in the past when John Barleycorn was
among the celebrants, but still the peace and
quiet was sadly shattered in spots. The nois-
iest spot, perhaps, was the Alta Theater where
a special midnight matinée drew a crowd to
watch the old year out. Every kind of a noise
device was present and pandemonium broke
loose when the hands of the clock indicated
the advent of the new year.
50 Years Ago
From the East Oregonian
Jan. 1-2, 1968
A state policeman, wounded and down
on the ground, killed one man and wounded
another Sunday after stopping a car on U.S.
30 near Baker. State police said John A.
Duggan, 25, killed Daniel Clyde Death Jr.,
24, with a shot in the head and wounded Paul
Clipston, 23, in the neck. Duggan lost a finger
and was wounded in the hip. The incident
started when Duggan stopped a car to check
a stolen car report. The two men jumped
from the car and fired with a shotgun and a
revolver. Police said Death and Clipston were
former convicts, living in Baker. The car they
were driving was identified later as one stolen
in Caldwell, Idaho.
25 Years Ago
From the East Oregonian
Jan. 1-2, 1993
The Maryland-based U.S. Generating
Company has submitted an application to the
Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council for a
site certificate to build a $440 million natural
gas cogeneration plant near Hermiston.
The site under review is on the grounds of
the Lamb-Weston potato processing plant
on Westland Road west of Hermiston. The
application for siting is the first for a major
energy-producing facility in Oregon in more
than 10 years. Preparation of the application
has cost U.S. Generating more than $500,000,
which includes a $150,000 processing fee.
The siting council has nine months to approve
or deny certification of the site.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY
THE WIZARD OF ID
BY SCOTT ADAMS
BY BRANT PARKER AND JOHNNY HART
BY GREG EVANS
BY JERRY SCOTT AND JIM BORGMAN
Today’s Highlight in
History: On Jan. 2, 1893,
the U.S. Postal Service
issued its first-ever set of
commemorative stamps to
honor the upcoming World’s
Columbian Expedition in
Chicago as well as the quad-
ricentennial of Christopher
On this date:
In 1788, Georgia became
the fourth state to ratify the
In 1792, the first classes
began at Georgetown Univer-
sity in Washington, D.C.
In 1900, U.S. Secretary
of State John Hay announced
the “Open Door Policy” to
facilitate trade with China.
In 1921, religious services
were broadcast on radio for
the first time as KDKA in
Pittsburgh aired the regular
Sunday service of the city’s
Calvary Episcopal Church.
In 1935, Bruno Haupt-
mann went on trial in
Flemington, New Jersey, on
charges of kidnapping and
murdering the 20-month-old
son of Charles and Anne
Lindbergh. (Hauptmann was
found guilty, and executed.)
In 1942, the Philippine
capital of Manila was
captured by Japanese forces
during World War II.
In 1955, the president
of Panama, Jose Antonio
Remon Cantera, was assassi-
nated at a racetrack.
In 1967, Republican
Ronald Reagan took the oath
of office as the new governor
of California in a ceremony
that took place in Sacramento
shortly just after midnight.
legislation requiring states
to limit highway speeds to
55 miles an hour as a way
of conserving gasoline in the
face of an OPEC oil embargo.
(The 55 mph limit was effec-
tively phased out in 1987;
federal speed limits were
abolished in 1995.) “Singing
cowboy” star Tex Ritter died
in Nashville at age 68.
In 1983, the original
Broadway production of the
musical “Annie” closed after
a run of 2,377 performances.
In 1991, Sharon Pratt was
sworn in as mayor of Wash-
ington, D.C., becoming the
first black woman to head a
city of Washington’s size and
In 2006, a methane gas
explosion at the Sago Mine
in West Virginia claimed
the lives of 12 miners, but
one miner, Randal McCloy,
Jr., was eventually rescued.
The roof of a skating rink
collapsed in the German town
of Bad Reichenhall, killing
Country musician Harold
Bradley is 92. Former House
Speaker Dennis Hastert is
76. TV host Jack Hanna is
71. Actress Tia Carrere is 51.
Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. is
50. Actor Taye Diggs is 47.
Actor Dax Shepard is 43.
42. Country musician Chris
Hartman is 40.
Thought for Today: “It
is good to have an end to
journey towards; but it is the
journey that matters, in the
end.” — Ursula K. Le Guin,
PHOEBE AND HER UNICORN
BY DANA SIMPSON
BY LINCOLN PEIRCE