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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…

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…

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?

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

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Nora Ephron famously wrote that she felt bad about her neck as she grew older. I don’t feel so bad about my neck — that’s what turtlenecks and scarves are for — it’s my height that gets me down in the dumps.

Almost exactly 60 years ago, the newly appointed Chadian ambassador to the United States, Adam Malick Sow, was heading south on Maryland’s Route 40 toward Washington, D.C. He stopped at the Bonnie Brae diner and asked for a menu. The owner, Mrs. Leroy Merritt, sneered, “We don’t serve n-----…

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Infrastructure spending has been a hot topic for most of this year. In the spring, President Joe Biden unveiled a broad-ranging $2.3 trillion plan aimed at improving the nation’s infrastructure. More recently, that number has been pared down closer to about $1 trillion and looks to have bipa…

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ASAC is working with community members to share an anti-stigma media campaign related to substance use throughout the county called “See the Person, Not the Addiction”. This campaign aims to address the misperceptions that may act as a source of shame for people who use drugs and their suppo…

DEAR ANNIE: My sister and I reunited about five years ago after not speaking for at least 10 years. Unfortunately, we did not have a good childhood; as we got older, our own dynamics grew toxic, and I had no choice but to keep her away. I was glad that we started talking again earlier this y…

Sen. Mitt Romney appeared on Jake Tapper’s CNN show last weekend, and for a few brief minutes, I felt transported to a saner world. Asked about the gross things some on the right are saying about Gen. Mark Milley, he responded that “Gen. Milley is a person of extraordinary accomplishment and…

The adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, was a defining moment in world history. It launched America on her journey to becoming the greatest nation on the face of the planet, and inspired other countries to chart a path toward democracy. Over 240 years later, the prin…

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Over the past few years, we have seen a sharp uptick in cyberattacks that have hurt individuals, businesses, infiltrated government offices and accessed the personal data of Americans across the country. In today’s digital world, we must be proactive to ensure we are safe and secure. As a me…

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One of the more surprising results of the pandemic last year was the increase seen in household income and savings. At the outset, certainly nobody would have predicted that. However, with fiscal stimulus from the government in the form of direct payments and enhanced unemployment benefits, …

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CLINTON — A Clinton man is charged with two felony and two misdemeanor drug charges stemming from a traffic stop earlier this week.

DEAR ANNIE: I am a man in my late 50s. Until recently, I was in a long-distance relationship with a woman — let’s call her “Maria” — who lives about a thousand miles away from me. Last month, out of the blue, she accused me of cheating on her with her cousin, who lives about 45 minutes away …

When Sen. Joe Manchin announced he would oppose the For the People Act, Steve Benen of MSNBC spoke for many Democrats when he declared that “Joe Manchin is prepared to be remembered by history as the senator who did little more than hope as his country’s democracy unraveled.”

HR 1 has achieved sacrosanct status on the center-left, such that the nation’s democratic future is said to depend on it.

As a financial professional, my main function is that of a risk manager. I primarily view things through the lens of risk versus reward. However, there is another dimension that also deserves attention, but it takes a bit more effort to see it clearly. The concept that I am referring to is c…

On the anniversary of the death of George Floyd, dozens of gunshots rang out in the middle of the day at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, forcing reporters and bystanders to duck and cover.

The stock market craze over the past year or so has allowed many people to see the benefits and risks to investing their disposal income.

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In March, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), rose 0.6%, the largest one-month increase since August 2012. Over the previous 12 months, the increase was 2.6%, the highest year-over-year inflation rate since August 2018.

DEAR ANNIE: My husband and I have been married for 12 years. We have never had an easy marriage, and I am considering leaving him.

DEAR ANNIE: I’m a 34-year-old man with a superb wife. We’ve been married eight years, and things are great between us. The problem is my mother-in-law. I’m sleeping with her.

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The Senate at Work: In the Iowa Senate, week 17 focused on wrapping up priorities legislation for Iowans, confirming Governor Reynolds’ appointees and debating bills that were sent back to us from the Iowa House.

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife and I are grateful to have recently received our second Moderna vaccine. When the crush relents, would you see any difficulty in adding the J&J vaccine at my own expense? It seems that the different vaccines vary in how they protect against different strains, and …

DEAR ANNIE: I’ve been with the same guy for three years. At first, he was incredibly thoughtful and sweet. Over time, I’ve grown frustrated with how unaffectionate he is. Getting him to express his love feels like trying to wring juice from a dried-out lemon. And he’s never introduced me to …

THE CONVERSATION — Two vaccines – the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the U.S. and the AstraZeneca vaccine in Europe – have been linked to an increased chance of a rare type of blood clot. Researchers are investigating what causes these clots and are starting to propose some answers. Dr. Mo…

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Voltaire, the 18th century French writer-philosopher, preferred an enlightened aristocracy to democracy yet he eloquently embraced one of the latter’s most sacred tenets, the right to free speech.

For all the parents feeling exhausted by the cooking, cleaning and planning of a million meals during the pandemic, there’s some good news. Commensality, or the sharing of food with others, is beneficial for your physical and mental health.

Over 100 years ago, financial markets looked much different than they do today. Then, there wasn’t really a concept of “the market.” There were simply individual stocks to buy and sell. Investment performance was solely determined by investor’s acumen in picking the right stocks to buy. This…

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