There is a lot of uncertainty and animosity surrounding Minor League Baseball right now.

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My editor groaned when I told her the subject of this column. In a moment, you’ll be groaning, too.

On Jan. 20, the United States confirmed its first case of the coronavirus. The nation’s political and media elite obsessed over Mitch McConnell’s just-announced resolution governing the impeachment trial of Donald Trump.

America’s encounter with COVID-19 is causing people already enthusiastic about enlarging government to strenuously affirm the self-evident: the fact that government can perform indispensable functions.

DEAR ANNIE: My son is in his 40s and throws temper tantrums! Any little thing can set him off. It’s so bad that his son asks him if he’s mad, fearing that something has set him off. He is going to marriage counseling and admits he has a temper, but nothing changes.

DEAR DR. ROACH: The new laws concerning prescription of opioids, especially the requirement of three-day or seven-day prescriptions, has caused quite a disruption in our area, causing some doctors to take early retirement. Doctors should decide how long to treat patients. There are people wh…

In the coming days, many of us will be receiving a pandemic-triggered check from the government. What are you going to do with yours? If your job doesn’t exist because of the pandemic or your business has been shuttered, you most likely need this money, but many of the rest of us don’t – so …

The responses to my last letter to the editor have been rather amusing. I can’t really say I didn’t expect some of it, because so many people resort to attacking the messenger when they can’t address the message. However, I must say you have all failed – miserably.

Please help me discern how I could do the most good. Say that I have $10,000 of disposable income yearly with which to help people. Would I get more bang for my buck if I:

The schools have been shut down. Then the bars and restaurants could only provide take out or delivery. Many other “personal accommodation” businesses, such as hair salons and spas, were also ordered to close.

Felecia Rotellini’s father, who is 104, was incensed when his family took away his car keys two years ago. He was born in a Wyoming company town that no longer exists because the coal company that owned the town is long gone. The town of Cambria, and elsewhere in Wyoming, had many coal-minin…

We have a crisis but it’s not the one you think we have. Yes, we have a serious health crisis but what we have that is hurting the U.S. even more is the fact our government doesn’t want to work together.

There is a lot of uncertainty and animosity surrounding Minor League Baseball right now.

Countries have experienced economic depressions before, but not usually as a matter of choice.


Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a true pandemic that started in China and has now spread to 172 countries so far.


These are uncertain times and the coronavirus pandemic has caused us all to make major changes in our lives. While there is no question that our nation and our state face a serious challenge, I am fully confident that, together, we will overcome it.

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 70 years old and had a kidney transplant 18 years ago. I developed diabetes, but it was controlled through oral medication. I recently went into the hospital for pneumonia and was given large doses of steroids and injections of insulin. Now I am unable to bring my sugar …

DEAR ANNIE: We have two daughters, ages 30 and 32. They are both educated professionals. While they are completely self-sufficient financially (no debt because we paid for their higher education), we are still their “go-to” for emotional support. They are active socially with friends, collea…

Today’s ill wind has blown in something good, a renewed interest in a neglected novel by a gifted writer. Albert Camus’ “The Plague” (1947) was allegorical: Europe’s political plague had been Nazism, which Camus had actively resisted in occupied Paris. But he had been born in French Algeria …


Monday night and early Tuesday morning, the Iowa Legislature passed a series of resolutions to pause the legislative session for 30 days while the state works to slow the spread of COVID-19.


CLINTON — With the rapidly growing concern about the spread of Coronavirus and COVID-19, YWCA Clinton announced that it will take measures to diminish the spread of flu or Coronavirus.

Contemptible as the act was, we have no quarrel with a sentence of probation for two years and community service of 200 hours, instead of time in jail, for the man who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of assault on a congressman for throwing a cup of water at U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iow…

As the escalation of COVID-19 has citizens across the country and around the world on edge, that hour of sleep lost recently was likely quickly forgotten.

“Who would have known” or a similar phrase is often heard from President Trump when he finally recognizes something that is common knowledge to most of us.

Did the U.S. Supreme Court go too far in its rationale for free speech and press when ruling for the New York Times in a landmark libel case brought by a public official 56 years ago?

Too many people look to place blame for the spread of COVID-19 on President Trump, with the idea put in their mind that he did not act fast enough.

It’s Monday morning, March 16, and I’m at the Capitol, which is much quieter than usual. The Capitol remains open to the public, but all group visits and tours have been cancelled, and a lot of Capitol staff are working remotely.

We at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service know that families come in all shapes and sizes, and that’s true for wildlife too. Meet Valor I, Valor II and Starr, a breeding trio of bald eagles that live along the Mississippi River in Illinois. For several years, fans from all over the world have…


The high cost of childcare is often a major problem for many families struggling to get by. Oftentimes, one parent is forced to stay at home and take care of children, not by choice but due to the unaffordable costs of day care. This forces many Iowans out of the workforce at a time when bus…


CLINTON — Among the events scheduled for the Clinton History Club in March is the tour of Central Fire Station, 344 Third Ave. South, set for March 19.

DEAR ANNIE: I am going through a situation with my daughter, who is 26 years old and suffers from manic depression.

Sen. Bernie Sanders said: “I believe that health care is a right of all people.” He’s not alone in that contention. That claim comes from Democrats and Republicans and liberals and conservatives. It is not just a health care right that people claim. There are “rights” to decent housing, dece…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I’m the only person in the history of mankind whose blood pressure goes up when I sleep. There seems to be no cause. In addition, I’m resistant to medication; I’ve tried 21 different kinds. All give me terrible side effects and don’t bring my blood pressure down. The only one…

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William F. Schwartz age 45 of Clinton died Friday, March 27, 2020 in Clinton. Cremation rites were accorded. The Pape Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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