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OUR VIEW Santa Barbara County officials have launched a program that will enable businesses and organizations to temporarily expand into public the right-of-way, perhaps even onto private property.

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GUEST COMMENTARY We all strive to be good stewards of the environment, so how do we know we are recycling right? Do you ever wonder what happens when you place non-recyclable materials in the recycling bin?

DEAR ABBY: I married my husband 40 years ago. A few years later, he was diagnosed with diabetes. He refused to take care of himself and ended up with double leg amputations 13 years ago. He had prosthetics but wouldn't use them. I stood by him and was his advocate, but he blamed me!

Dear Heloise: With my children home all day, I've done more baking than usual. Since my kids are very young, they enjoy helping, so I let them decorate sugar cookies. I just measure out about 2 or 3 tablespoons of white sugar in a small bowl, add a few drops of food coloring and keep stirring until all the sugar is colored. Cookies decorated by my kids may not look appetizing, but it keeps them busy for a time, and I love that they are learning to help in the kitchen. -- Vivian in Maine

DEAR ABBY: My son, a high school senior, was in a relationship with a young woman who broke up with him and began dating his best friend. He was heartbroken. She played him into being friends and tells him he's her best friend, but her actions prove otherwise.

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KEVIN MERRILL It is hard to believe we already celebrated the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the unofficial beginning of summer. This year is much different, with many of us focused on the coronavirus and its affect on family, friends and businesses.

GUEST COMMENTARY On Memorial Day, we honor veterans who gave their lives for our country. Think for a moment about how many others were saved from death. Doctors, nurses and medics have been on the battlefield throughout our history. Without them, the number of wartime casualties would be much higher.

DEAR ABBY: My son, a high school senior, was in a relationship with a young woman who broke up with him and began dating his best friend. He was heartbroken. She played him into being friends and tells him he's her best friend, but her actions prove otherwise.

OUR VIEW We launched this Saturday roses-and/or-raspberries feature last year, the idea being that so many things good and not-so-good go virtually unnoticed, so perhaps acknowledging the sweet and sour would be invigorating.

Dear Heloise: About a week ago I lost my house key. It was a frustrating moment when I discovered I couldn't get into my house. A locksmith charged me $100 to open my door and to make a new house key for me. I never wanted this to happen again, so I put an extra house key in an empty pill bottle with a tight lid, and hot glued a stone on top. I buried it in my garden. The only thing above ground is the stone. I never have to worry about being locked out again. -- Karen in Massachusetts

DEAR ABBY: A few weeks ago, my husband and I had what I thought was a minor conflict, from which I walked away to avoid escalation. I could hear him continuing to rant, so I pulled up the security camera on my phone and watched and listened as he continued to say horrible things for an hour or more. He called me a disgusting blob, said there is nothing appealing about me, and I should go out in the yard and kill myself just like my father did.

DAN WALTERS Clem Miller, a congressman from California’s North Coast known as Spendin’ Clem for his ability to bring home pork-barrel funding, was a shoo-in for re-election to a third term in 1962.

Dear Heloise: My family loves fresh pineapple, so I often buy a pineapple and cut it up for them. The one chore I disliked the most was cutting out the center core, but by accident I found a simple way to do that chore. I use a doughnut cutter to get the center core out. It's easy and quick for this task. -- Lauren in Florida

OUR VIEW At the moment, we all want our normal lives back, but what will that normal be? A tiny, deadly virus has changed the way we live and the way we think. Will it be for the better, or will it be for the worse?

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