Letter: Give Abby the ax
Just like Model T’s and ice block home delivery, the syndicated “Dear Abby” column is no longer necessary or relevant. Other sources of advice such as Slate’s “Dear Prudence” and the Washington Post’s “Ask Amy” are far more topical, realistic and timely.
More often than not, the requests for advice are so silly or arcane that my sense is the letters have been composed as a joke or dare – and not by the Ivy Leaguers who supposedly have historically tried to get outlandish letters published. Many times I have been tempted to compose a correction or expound upon the so-called advice that is printed. Most often, I simply yell at my hard copy of the Concord Monitor and hope that Abby hears me. The fact that the column shares space with the comics is blessed irony.
The Nov. 27 entry consists of three readers’ letters regarding a boy’s inappropriate exposure of his genitals to other children. I did not read the initial letter, but according to the professionals who penned letters of concern, his behavior screams of signs that the boy may have experienced sexual abuse. Dear Abby missed an opportunity to educate her followers and craft a wise response to a distressed advice seeker.
Please, Concord Monitor, ditch “Dear Abby” now! Don’t be party to extremely poor writing as well as spreading possibly dangerous misinformation. If this lone voice is not enough to convince you, conduct a reader poll. Dear gentle readers, who is in agreement?