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Lederer's daughter Margo Howard (who wrote Dear Prudence) said the column would end, according to Lederer's wishes.Creators Syndicate President Rick Newcombe said Lederer's editors, Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, should start a column of their own.In a 1996 column, she "informed" her readers that they should avoid throwing rice at weddings, lest birds eat it and explode.Such advice was erroneous, as milled rice is not harmful to birds. After Lederer died in June 2002, her last column ran on July 27.This was misguided because the father breached the fiduciary duty he owed to his daughter as a trustee.The girl could have sued for the breach and recovered the lost money.Dear Abby: Our son married a girl when he was in the service. —Wanting to Know Dear Wanting: The baby was on time. They were married in February and she had an 8 1/2-pound baby girl in August.

In 2016, the authors responded to a reader question by saying, "[T]here are two of us, and neither of us is named 'Annie.' ... On that date, Mitchell and Sugar, wrote "..say farewell.Even so, in 1996, she wrote regarding gay marriage, "Before you gay-rights folks land on me with both feet ...I cannot support same-sex marriage, however, because it flies in the face of cultural and traditional family life as we have known it for centuries." In 1995, Eppie commented thus in The New Yorker about Pope John Paul II: "He has a sweet sense of humor. They're very anti-women." Polish Americans responded with outrage.The Mailbox was named in honor of Ann Landers, with whom we both worked for many years. It is time for us to step aside and take advantage of opportunities neither of us has had the time for until now." They also introduced columnist Annie Lane, known as Dear Annie.A few months after Eppie Lederer took over as Ann Landers, her twin sister Pauline Esther "Po Po" Phillips introduced a similar, competing column, Dear Abby, using the pseudonym "Abigail Van Buren", which produced a lengthy estrangement between the two sisters.

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