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Ask Amy: Former stoner struggles with sobriety

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Let me fall back on the oft-quoted statement written by Edmund Burke:

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

Here’s another quote from that same document: “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”

The same thinking applies to social media. Either make your own views known, or – if you are so afraid of these people that you would let them silence you – disconnect from them on Facebook, while you decide whether to disconnect from them in real life.

Dear Amy: “Brokenhearted Old Friend” was hurt because her friend withdrew from contact toward the end of the friend’s life.

I’d like to share 40 years of nursing with your readers.

Every single patient that I cared for — at the end — appeared to withdraw.

It is how I knew that they accepted their path.


It is not personal and is not meant to hurt or reject others.

Perhaps it IS a way of leaving this life behind.

– Nurse

Dear Nurse: Thank you for sharing your wisdom.


(You can email Amy Dickinson at or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or Facebook.)

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