DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Why is the day on which Jesus died called “Good Friday”? I don’t see anything good about it, to be honest. — J.W.
DEAR ABBY: How do I deal with an assistant who keeps calling me a “brown noser”? She did it again yesterday at a staff meeting in front of my boss and another assistant. It was the third time she has said it. She is gruff and rude, and several people have complained to me about her attitude.
DEAR MISS MANNERS: A family member recently arranged to have two DNA swab kits sent directly to my husband and me from a well-known scientific organization. The organization apparently is in the process of conducting a worldwide hereditary study.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Why did Judas betray Jesus? Its never made sense to me, because for years hed been close to Jesus, hearing his teachings and seeing his miracles. And anyway, why did the authorities even need to find someone to betray Jesus? D.M.
DEAR ABBY: I am a 34-year-old wife and mother of four. Im concerned about my husband. He is 44 and drinks at home every evening after work. I dont mind him having a few cans of beer, but he drinks between six and 12 a day. He refuses to see a doctor for checkups or when he is sick. I am worried about his health.
DEAR ABBY: I have been in a long-distance relationship with Victor for several years. Recently I began to suspect he was cheating. What raised my suspicion was that I suddenly couldnt reach him on the weekends. Usually we would Skype: Sunday night for me, Monday morning for him.
DEAR MISS MANNERS: What is a kind and yet firm comment that I can say to the person in line after me at the cash register who invariably comes and stands next to my elbow while Im using my credit/debit card?
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Out of curiosity, I read through one of the Gospels recently, and I was puzzled why some people opposed Jesus and even wanted to kill him. It seems to me that they should have welcomed him. P.R.
DEAR ABBY: I read your Jan. 8 column about the warning signs of an abuser. Would you use your influence to say that men are also victims of abuse?
DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a political appointee. At a dinner party recently where I was a guest, one of the other guests asked about a controversial policy issue relevant to my agency.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Did Jesus know in advance that he was going to be put to death? If so, why didnt he just back away or try to escape? N.H.
DEAR ABBY: I recently exchanged pleasantries via email and text messaging with a lady I met on a website. One day later, I received a message from her stating shed prefer our method of communication be kept to email and texting because she wasnt much of a phone talker.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Why didnt Jesus take advantage of his popularity and allow the people to proclaim him their king? With such strong support he could have done a lot of good, it seems to me. K.C.
DEAR ABBY: I use a service dog, and Im constantly barraged with requests to pet him. Other people who use service dogs warned me this would happen. Although the ADA does not require him to wear a vest, I bought one for him that reads, Do Not Pet, which he wears in public. They ask me anyway!
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My wife gets after me because she says I spend too much time at the gym. I admit I do go there every day for several hours or so after work, but God wants us to take care of our bodies, doesnt he? M.J.
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I were discussing our sons-in-law, and young men in their 20s and 30s in general. We were wondering where the attitude of any money I earn is mine in a marriage or live-in situation got started.
DEAR MISS MANNERS: I asked a neighbor/friend if I could borrow an egg. He was happy to oblige. I asked if he liked banana muffins, and he said that he did.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I have a friend who doesnt bother with God or church most of the year, but as Easter approaches she suddenly gets religious goes to church, observes Lent and so forth. Do you think shes a real Christian, or is it all fake? V.G.
DEAR ABBY: Im a 27-year-old woman who has never had a boyfriend or been kissed. I was never interested in romance or having a significant other. I felt strong being independent and taking care of myself. Now that I have a degree, a career and a house, I feel ready to try to let a man into my life.
DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I dont mean to offend you, but Ive tried to read the Bible and found it kind of dull. And yet some of my friends find it exciting. Whats wrong? Why dont I get anything out of it? P.D.
DEAR ABBY: Im a divorced woman with grown children. I have always supported gay rights and thought of myself as straight. But a few months ago, I met a woman, Stephanie. We hit it off immediately, and I was shocked to learn shes a transgender woman who was born male.
DEAR MISS MANNERS: My 13-year-old daughter goes to an elite prep school and gets invited to lots of swanky parties. Our neighbor, my daughters best friend since toddlerhood, goes to the local public school and spends lots of time at our house. I like her very much; however, the problem is my daughter thinks it is OK to get her invited to parties.
A couple of friends talked me into something I knew was wrong, and now were in jail and facing trial. Pray Ill get out of this somehow.
DEAR ABBY: My mother committed suicide when I was a child. She was severely depressed, and although she sought professional help, the worst happened.
DEAR MISS MANNERS: My granddaughter has set a goal for herself of selling 300 boxes of cookies. Although it is a noble goal, I doubt if an 8-year-old can achieve this realistically.