An hour’s drive northwest of here, in the Valley of the Fallen, is a residue of Europe’s past that suggests what the continent’s future would have been if fascism had not been defeated in the previous century. Atop a granite mountain stands an almost 500-foot-tall stone cross, the world’s ta…

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When the economy shows signs of weakness, Wall Street analysts expect to see what they call a “flight to safety.” Investors sell stocks and buy bonds or gold. The same phenomenon can sometimes be found in politics. Understanding that George W. Bush was riding high in 2004, after what was per…

Criminal activity imposes huge costs on black residents in low-income neighborhoods of cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Philadelphia and many others.

There are 99 better, or at least less abject, senators. However, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is inadvertently useful by incessantly demonstrating the depths to which senators sink when they jettison institutional responsibilities to facilitate subservience to presidents of their party. Consider …

There’s an old story – apocryphal, as the best stories always seem to be – that Richard Nixon asked Chinese premier Zhou Enlai what he thought about the French Revolution, and Zhou said, “It’s too soon to tell.” At first blush, the minicrisis between Iran and the United States appears to hav…

Yes, like numerous other people across the civilized world, I was oddly surprised but not really shocked to hear that Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his American-born wife, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, have decided to pretty much call it quits on the royalty thing.

The sails of Sen. Josh Hawley’s political skiff are filled with winds gusting from the right. They come from conservatives who think that an array of – perhaps most of – America’s social injuries, from addiction to loneliness – have been inflicted by America’s economy. Individualism, tendent…

I would like to thank the 73 business and community leaders of Clinton County who attended my Business Roundtable on Monday at the Camanche Community Center. I was joined by Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver (District 19, Ankeny) and Senator Carrie Koekler (District 29, Dyersville) an…

Colleges have been around for centuries. College students have also been around for centuries. Yet, college administrators assume that today’s students have needs that were unknown to their predecessors. Those needs include diversity and equity personnel, with massive budgets to accommodate.

A barometer, said a wit, is an ingenious instrument that reveals the weather we are experiencing. Presidential campaigns often are political barometers. They can, however, change the social climate. The Democratic presidential aspirants, plucking at the electorate’s sleeve, are perhaps inadv…

DEAR ANNIE: I am a clinical social worker and have some training in, and experience with, domestic violence in my work.

DEAR DR. ROACH: Many folks take prescription medications for years, for example Valium to help with anxiety and sleep and to help mellow out their lives. You mentioned in a recent column that these can be dangerous long term. Is it safe to stop taking them cold turkey? — P.M.

Pity poor Republicans. They have only one argument left to defend Donald Trump for abusing the powers of the presidency by inviting a foreign power to intervene in an American election, the one transgression our Founding Fathers feared most. Even now that he’s covered in disgrace as only the…

You won’t hear young Democrats deride Bernie Sanders with the “OK, boomer” dig.

The great performer Bing Crosby reached the height of his stardom about 80 years ago, but every Christmas season he makes a triumphant return to American radio and malls and other public places.

“In the bleak mid-winter” of Christina Rossetti’s 1872 poem, Salvation Army bells and tinnitus warring for headspace, I am haunted by those who did not get to see December cast its chill upon the northern latitudes once more.

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The Federal Trade Commission posted several media releases in December 2019, which shed considerable light on phony websites and deceptive online advertising. Reading these can give you a flavor of how online chiselers work, and serve as a vivid warning on what to avoid when online shopping.…

As this shabby year, and with it a dispiriting decade, sags to an end, there is an interesting symmetry. In 2010, passage of the Affordable Care Act signaled the nation’s domestic policy preoccupation: health care. Ten years later, this issue is defining the political competition that will p…

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Christmas is celebrated today by families and public institutions each in their fashion. It is through such celebrations that individuals can add to their present Christmas spirit as well as gain an understanding for past celebrations of this holiday.

DEAR ANNIE: This is in response to the letter about grandkids not sending thank-you notes for gifts they receive. I was brought up to always say thank you, or to send a thank-you note. This not only shows appreciation but also it lets the sender know that the gift was received.

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 18-year-old niece has Friedreich’s ataxia and is getting used to living in her dorm but requires a walker or wheelchair to get around. We know that there isn’t a cure or really any treatment outside of some potential drug trials and that the long-term prognosis is dire. Bu…

President Donald Trump’s impeachment letter to Nancy Pelosi is nothing if not sincere.

DEAR ANNIE: It’s time to send out my annual Christmas cards to family and friends, a tradition I have enjoyed for nearly 25 years. I look forward to receiving cards every year and joyfully hang them in a visible location for the winter as a reminder of the friendship we share.

DEAR DR. ROACH: My stepfather had a series of screening tests done by a commercial company, including tests on his carotid arteries, abdominal aorta, peripheral arteries and heart rhythm. He received a good report. However, two or three weeks after the screening, he suffered a stroke. My con…

If I have this straight, House Republicans are united in the belief that public integrity is critically important for our nation. Accordingly, Joe Biden deserves to be impeached. During a meeting of the Rules Committee, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., referencing Biden’s supposed role in pressurin…

DEAR ANNIE: I just got back from a trip visiting my family across the country and something followed me from sea to shining sea — people watching videos, listening to music and playing video games loudly and without headphones for the most part, too. What is with this?

My God, they put Jesus and his parents in cages, as though that’s what U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents would do – you know, keep the spirit of love and compassion from entering the United States of America.

Here are several questions for biologists and medical professionals: If a person is found to have XY chromosomes (heterogametic sex), does a designation as female on his birth certificate, driver’s license or Social Security card override the chromosomal evidence?

DEAR ANNIE: My wife of more than 31 years recently passed away. She had three children from a previous marriage. We had none. She left behind a large sum of money from her savings and IRA for them. Her eldest son has a mental condition, and most of his needs are met by the state of New York …

The average interest rate for traditional savings accounts today hovers around 0.09% — but consumers can earn 10 to 20 times more interest on their money by giving high-yield options a shot.

It’s easy to treat Kim Jong Un as a figure of ridicule. I’ve done it myself. His foreign ministry issues statements like this: “If any language and expressions stoking the atmosphere of confrontation are used once again on purpose at a crucial moment as now, that must really be diagnosed as …

DEAR ANNIE: About two years ago I was pregnant with my firstborn. About five months into the pregnancy, my partner, the father, cheated on me. When I found out about it, I was devastated; I didn’t know what to do with myself.

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Edith Mae Bell, 67 of Davenport, Iowa, died Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Genesis East, Davenport. Services are pending at the Clinton Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Home & Crematory.

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