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Posted by Robin Abrahams  November 4, 2012 09:55 AM

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... is online here.

I understand why editors have to, you know, edit, but it's a problem in advice columns. The letters in their original form have so much more emotion and personality behind them. And that's what the advice columnist (because I'm assuming we all do this) is responding to, as much as to the content of the question itself.

All of which is to say, the original version of Q1 in today's column was this:

I am a Great Auntto multple kids. There is a birthday party every couple of months with invitation etc. for EVERY SINGLE birthday. We did not have this growing up. It involves bringing a dish or wine, plus gift. After gas its usually involves around $50.00. I don't have kids but when I babysit for all I DO NOT charge. Do I have to go to ALL of these EVENTS!

Isn't it a shame I had to edit that? I love how she abbreviates "birthday" to make it sound like a profanity. I have had enough of these snakes on this plane!

DON'T FORGET! The holidays are around the corner, and Miss Conduct writes her columns in advance. If you've got a holiday dilemma coming up, don't "d.lay" -- send it in today!

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