So is it rude to eat a cough drop in public or not?
:Unbothered in Texas
:Dear Unbothered: If it was bad manners to pop a cough drop into one’s mouth in public, more than a few large brands would be out of business. While I agree with your friend that if people are sick, they should stay home, some coughs linger beyond the stage when they are contagious.
I do NOT think that because someone bought expensive tickets to an event and gets sick the day before that it’s all right to attend anyway and risk infecting everyone within “cough-shot.” The considerate thing to do is to cancel and ask for a refund.
:Dear Abby: I have a friend in another state who has been posting on Facebook about her diagnosis of cancer. Her postings started in October, followed by more postings about delay after delay in the treatment.
First, it was insurance — she doesn’t have any. Then it was multiple CT scans and PETs. Now she’s planning her own fundraiser, and I’m beginning to think she has made the whole thing up.
It looks like there will be no treatment until after the fundraiser, even though she claims the cancer is stage 4.
What do you think?
:Suspicious in New York
:Dear Suspicious: I think that if there is any doubt in your mind about this woman’s character, you should not contribute. And I also think that if your suspicions are true, your friend is planning to commit fraud and could wind up “recuperating” in prison.
:To my Jewish readers: Why is tonight different from every other night? Because Passover begins at sundown. Happy Passover, everyone!
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