Life Advice



Ask Amy: Surgeon’s risky behavior must be addressed

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

“There are many fine cancer surgeons out there. For critical and important insights, read reviews of them. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services ( is working to make this information more transparent with ‘star ratings’ — and many hospitals advertise these scores.

“Surgeons are professionals with extensive training and a team to help them give you the best possible care. At the end of the day the surgeon should be there for YOU, not the other way around.”

Never forget that!

Dear Amy: A recent letter [Joyful "Libby" User in Rochester, NY]

included the advice to listen to audio books while on a walk. You endorsed this idea.

Please don't! Please leave your ears open!


As a longtime user of bike paths for biking, I can't tell you how many walkers will step in front of me even after I call out to them.

The ones with earbuds or headphones often do not hear my warning that I am about to pass them.

This is even more important in an urban setting, where walkers have been known to walk into traffic while listening, instead of paying attention to their surroundings. On group runs and rides, we are always advised not to wear listening devices.

– Playing it Safe


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