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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.

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The last year has been difficult for all of us, especially our frontline healthcare workers and providers. Throughout the pandemic, our healthcare system was stretched to the limit and tested time and time again.

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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In the Iowa Senate, we are in the final few weeks of the 2021 session. This week we debated several bills, continued working on budget bills and confirmed governor appointments to boards and commissions. Several people have asked me about how to apply for these boards and commissions. Inform…

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As we recover from COVID-19, Iowa is confronted with many challenges, among them a growing workforce shortage and declines in higher education enrollment. The percentage of high school graduates pursuing education or training beyond high school has declined for three years in a row for the f…

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Last Wednesday, the House Health and Human Services budget subcommittee released its spending plan for Fiscal Year 2022. With its release, all the major budget bills have been made public by both the House and Senate. This, combined with the agreement reached on the Administration and Regula…

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Tell me if this sounds familiar: You answer the phone and hear a recorded voice telling you, “Your automobile warranty is soon to expire. We sent you several warnings but you did not respond. Please contact this number when you receive this message to extend your warranty and prevent costly …

The Democratic-controlled Congress will soon try to transform part of the District of Columbia, which today is about one-eighteenth the size of Rhode Island but 18.9% larger than Denver International Airport, into a state. This will involve theatrical and constitutional difficulties.

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Legislators like me who represent Stateline districts know a little something about what it is like to imagine a better state. Many of the most flawed policies of the State of Illinois stop at our state borders.

Since the pandemic began, disruptions in business activity have varied greatly from region to region, and often from one week to the next, according to the severity of local Covid-19 outbreaks. Unfortunately, many of the official government statistics used to gauge the health of the U.S. eco…

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Editor’s Note: April is Community College Month. To celebrate, the Clinton Herald throughout April will publish guest columns from Clinton Community College’s faculty, staff members and students.

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The Iowa Department of Revenue this week officially extended the filing and payment deadline to June 1, 2021 for 2020 individual income tax returns and first quarter estimated income tax payments for individuals. The extension does not include business filers and other tax types for individuals.

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The past decade has been brutal on value investors. If we simply look at the broad S&P1500 Growth and S&P1500 Value indexes, growth stocks have nearly doubled the returns of value stocks. Some see this as irrational, but the truth is this outperformance has largely been justified by …

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April is Community College Month. It’s been an extraordinary year for Clinton Community College. We have navigated the challenges of an ongoing global pandemic and a derecho that hit our service area hard. We have found new ways to deliver our curriculum, and we have continued to help our st…

Doctors’ Day is an annual recognition event held on March 30, which celebrates our health care providers – and there is no better year than this one to take a moment to say “thank you” to all physicians and providers for their enormous role in battling the COVID-19 pandemic this past year.

The Clinton Islamic Center is planning to hold its second free grocery food item distribution drive-thru on April 3 at the MercyOne North Health Plaza parking lot, 915 13th Ave. North, Clinton, from noon to 1 p.m., 10 days before the start of Ramadan.

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Due to the unusual conditions related to the coronavirus pandemic, the due date for individuals to file their 2020 federal income tax returns and make tax payments has been postponed by the IRS from Thursday, April 15, 2021 to Monday, May 17, 2021.

Last year the federal government spent twice as much on outlays as it received in the form of tax dollars. Due to the pandemic, it was not a small number either as outlays totaled over $7 trillion.

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On March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA 2021) was signed into law. This is a $1.9 trillion emergency relief package that includes payments to individuals and funding for federal programs, vaccines and testing, state and local governments, and schools.

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Iowa House File 787 creates a butchery innovation and revitalization fund and program within the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The bill previously passed the House Economic Growth Committee with unanimous support and this week has cleared a House Appropriations subcommittee. The bill …

DEAR READERS: March 17 is a day to celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Born in the 4th century, in Roman Britain, Patrick was taken captive by Irish pirates at the age of 16. He turned to God and Christianity and escaped. He returned to Ireland in 432 as a missionary. When he…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I recently had an EKG that showed first-degree heart block and “inferior infarct, age undetermined.” What does that mean? What should I do to make sure it doesn’t get worse? I will be seeing a cardiologist in a few months to get an exercise stress echo. What is that? — C.P.

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