Since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated capital punishment in 1976, Texas has exercised the law with singularly gusto. Its 572 executions account for more than one-third of the nation’s total.

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When statesman Otto von Bismarck uttered his famous maxim “Politics is the art of the possible,” he was talking about having to compromise, historians say. But compromise seems increasingly disfavored among elected officials in this country, discarded in favor of stretching laws and other ru…


The United States is in its fourth wave due to the delta variant (DV) mostly in large unvaccinated or under-vaccinated areas. Cases are rising rapidly, and the death toll is soaring again.

When watching television during the days leading up to Saturday’s 20-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, one can’t help but be overwhelmed by the many different angles on which this day of remembrance has focused.

I entered the nursing profession in 1962 with the desire to work with children who were paralyzed from polio. Instead, I worked most of my career as a school nurse and an emergency room nurse.


Every few days, my 8-year-old son, Neal, asks if he can “earn something” on Roblox, a popular online video game platform. That’s his way of suggesting I buy him Robux, the platform’s currency, in exchange for him doing a chore or extra academic assignment.

Americans try to give wide berth to those who hold beliefs about personal choices that differ from their own. That’s why there’s been tolerance to those opposed to vaccinations, particularly the COVID-19 vaccine.

DEAR ANNIE: My husband and I have been married for five years. We have a beautiful daughter, and we’ve got a son on the way. But I keep finding my husband using dating websites and chatrooms for singles. When I ask him about it, he gets angry and says, “That’s from months ago!” But whenever …

With COVID-19 restrictions mostly lifted in the U.S. (though that’s changing), you may be enjoying a more social summer than you were last year. But dinners out and movie tickets can seem pricey compared with a year and a half of home-cooked meals and whatever’s on TV — especially if you exp…

DEAR ANNIE: I have a neighbor who is 90 years old. Her only caregiver was her adult son, who just died last week after a long struggle with opioid addiction. Since then, I and another neighbor have been checking on her several times a day, as she needs a lot of care. We’ve been grocery shopp…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I read your recent column regarding asymptomatic atrial fibrillation. How does this differ from having a heart murmur? I have had a murmur for about 25 years, though it was not fully diagnosed until three years ago during an unrelated emergency room visit. Until recently, the…

The unemployment benefits system became an irresistible target for all manner of fraud almost as soon as the COVID pandemic started in March 2020. The numbers of unemployed using these systems exploded by orders of magnitude, with a corresponding investment of benefit dollars, dwarfing anyth…


How can humankind be so arrogant, so wrong, and so self-absorbed to think that the people on this planet can change the weather, the climate, the carbon foot print, etc. when the whole theory is only a theory.

DEAR ANNIE: I am a 29-year-old woman, and I’ve been having an ongoing debate with my boyfriend of 10 years.

DEAR DR. ROACH: Three years ago, I turned 60 and received my first dose of Shingrix. I had a highly unpleasant reaction, with fever and flulike symptoms. I did not return for the second dose until last week, so although I have had two doses, they are three years apart. Do I need to get anoth…


My wife and I were out for a drive the other day, admiring the scenic beauty off Highway 136, kids firmly strapped into their car seats, snacks in hand, which is about the only time and place adult conversation seems to freely flow these days.

DEAR ANNIE: I made the decision to put down my phone for a while, and the results have been wonderful.

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have COPD, and my doctor explains that the trouble is that my lungs do not expel the full amount of the breath I take in. This prevents the full oxygen intake from my breath. My question is, Do commercial oxygen generators serve any purpose if the full amount of oxygen supp…

DEAR ANNIE: I want to know why people think it’s OK to harass and abuse other people. My ex brought his girlfriend home, and they spent the night in the garage. That was when we were still married.

DR. ROACH WRITES: I have written many columns on COVID-19, which has become a major cause of death and disability in all of North America and the world. I have consistently recommended the available vaccines, and tried to identify their (modest) risks and (dramatic) effectiveness. Recently, …

Is a president of the United States flagrantly defying the Constitution an authoritarian act? A threat to democracy? Something that at least should be discouraged or frowned upon?

There is a developing thin line in mainstream journalism ethics between what’s acceptable and what’s not in defining impartial, independent news coverage.

Our community needs to take a moment and recognize the selfless actions of Ted Tornow and his wife, Ruth, who have put in endless hours this year to keep baseball in Clinton, Iowa. Ted, what you have done has not gone unnoticed. We are all so grateful for what you have done to keep our beaut…

Nearly 20% more Iowans died of drug overdoses in 2020 than in the previous year. Opioids are prescription drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, methadone, codeine and fentanyl.

Beyond watching billionaires doing their impersonation of Buzz Lightyear, there have been a number of items market analysts have been watching.

Every July 4 since 2012, a group of volunteers has worked hard to put together a free Fourth of July Festival in the city of Clinton.

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