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KIDS ON THE LOOSE IN CASINOS

Dear Ann Landers: My wife and I recently returned from a vacation in Nevada. As senior citizens, we enjoy the entertainment and wonderful food the gaming casinos provide for their customers. What troubled us greatly was the lack of attention given children by their parents. Very late one evening, we observed two pre-teen girls asking for money in exchange for pressing the floor button for adults riding the elevator. Another time, we observed a child, about 8 years old, walking through the casino alone, drinking leftover alcoholic beverages.

We live in dangerous times. While security personnel are there to help, they cannot do everything. Please, Ann, tell those parents who ignore their children that while they entertain themselves, they are gambling with something far more precious than money.

-- Seniors in North Hollywood, Calif.
Dear North Hollywood Seniors: Children under age 21 should not be allowed in gaming casinos, and many establishments prohibit them from entering. Most hotels provide baby sitters for young children, which makes more sense than bringing them to gaming rooms, where they are easily bored and forced to stay up long past their bedtime. Parents who want a real vacation should leave the children home with a reliable family member or a paid adult.

Stay or go?

Dear Ann Landers: I have been with "him" for five years. We met through my brother. I ended up jumping from a shaky relationship into one with "him" -- which everyone knows is not the way to go.

For a while it was OK, but then we started to argue a lot, and it's still that way. "Him" has a hot temper and flies off the handle easily. He doesn't help with anything in the house. I do the laundry, cleaning, cooking and grocery shopping. I pay all the bills, and he pays the mortgage.

I love "him," but don't know if I should stick around. He puts everyone and everything ahead of me and has no consideration for my feelings. He often criticizes me in front of friends and family, which is humiliating. I work and am financially independent. Should I leave him?

-- Torn in Winnipeg, Canada
Dear Winnipeg: You do the marketing, cooking, cleaning, laundry and pay all the bills. He criticizes you, humiliates you in front of family and friends, has no consideration for your feelings, and pays the mortgage. Hello-ooo, there! Anybody home? For heaven's sake, woman, pay the mortgage yourself and dump "him."

Timely warning

Dear Ann Landers: Thanks for alerting women to check for breast nipple changes. I am now undergoing radiation for cancer. When my doctor asked how I happened to notice the changes, I told him I read about it in Ann Landers' column. He said, "I hope you thanked her." I said I had not, so I'm thanking you now.

-- Delores Friedman in West Hills, Calif.
Dear Delores: As one former Friedman to another, I'm glad I helped.

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