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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.

DEAR DR. ROACH: About two weeks ago, I received the vaccine for COVID-19. By the next day I had a great deal of pain in the shoulder area where the vaccine was administered. For about five days, I could barely lift my arm. It is still sore but the pain is subsiding, and I can now fully raise…

Dear Readers: The issue of dealing with a narcissist in the family struck a chord and prompted a number of letters offering insights and advice. Most were pretty disheartening because narcissists rarely change. Here are two interesting ones:

Iowa Workforce Development sent out some information last week regarding their Future Ready Iowa Summer Internship program that I wanted to share with all of you.

DEAR ANNIE: I attend a small church where the congregation does not exceed 12 members. So on any given Sunday, there are at least nine of us in attendance, including the pastor and first lady. We follow the government recommended COVID-19 social distance guidelines.

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 77-year-old man in good health. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease about 15 years ago, but had no symptoms. Recently I had a colonoscopy after blood was found in my stool. A biopsy confirmed Crohn’s disease, and a follow-up CT scan showed a stricture in the terminal …

When the Federal Reserve was created in 1913, long before it aspired to be a fourth branch of government, its sufficient mission was to preserve the currency as a store of value: Price stability facilitates economic dynamism by giving economic actors a degree of certainty. In 1978, Congress …

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Record freezing conditions accompanied by endless snow fall events during these past two months have challenged our belief that Mother Nature is a kind soul. The hurricane force winds of the Aug. 10, 2020 derecho and the record flooding of the Mississippi River in 2019 are other recent extre…

Last week was the sixth week of the 2021 legislative session. The Iowa Senate passed several bills during the week and discussed a number of topics, such as education funding, increasing flexibility of continuing education requirements, and the federal Paycheck Protection Program.

DEAR DR. ROACH: In 2002, I had a severe case of Bell’s palsy that lasted eight months. I was unable to close my left eye for seven months. The doctors said there was a good chance I would not get back to normal. However, I eventually did. Only a slight indication of a droopy mouth remains, w…

DEAR ANNIE: My grandchildren are not allowed to receive gifts from me. I crocheted a scarf, and it was tossed in a dumpster. I bought earrings, and the post was broken. You get the picture. So, I have been putting money in the bank instead. Problem solved? No!

Apparently, Adam Kinzinger’s family hates him now. Alexander Hamilton would not be surprised.

DEAR ANNIE: I am an RN who does COVID-19 swabs in a tent outside my hospital for people who have been exposed or are symptomatic. When I read the dilemma of “Quarantined and Stressed,” a couple who are worried about playing cards again with friends, I was reminded of a sick man who came rece…

The first of this century’s national traumas is denoted by two numbers: 9/11. One purpose of, and a sufficient justification for, the second impeachment of the 45th president was to inscribe this century’s second trauma in the nation’s memory as: 1/6.

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In the fifth week of the legislative session, a new Republican Senator was sworn in after a special election was held to fill the vacancy left by U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks. Senator Adrian Dickey is from Packwood and will represent Senate District 41, which includes parts of Jefferso…

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This week in the Iowa House we voted to advance multiple pieces of legislation that aim to address Iowa’s current child care crisis. The recent pandemic has exposed the importance of accessible affordable quality child care here in Iowa. Access to affordable child care is an issue many of us…

DEAR ANNIE: I’ve been at my current job for nearly 10 years. But over the last year, I’ve become very discouraged, as the pandemic has helped to shine a bright light on my employer’s true character. He has asked us to work in unsafe conditions this entire pandemic, exposing us to risk every …

DEAR DR. ROACH: Will I have a reaction to the new COVID-19 vaccine because I have an implanted stimulator? I heard that people with face fillers had reactions since it was foreign items in the body. I also have had back surgeries and hip replacement. I’m a 72-year-old female with diabetes. I…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have had pernicious anemia for about eight years and must have an injection of vitamin B-12 every three weeks to stay alive. I am also a diabetic for over 10 years, with my A1C remaining in the 6.1-6.5 range over that time. My daily glucose level reading is very sensitive, …

DEAR ANNIE: My stepmother is the epitome of a wicked stepmother. My sister and I are grown and have our own lives and families. Our father married “Mary.” We believe it was out of loneliness. She is 15 years younger than him and has a drinking problem. She says the drinking is under control,…

Every year I set out to write a Black History Month article and usually finish it in March. With the weather, I think I finally made the deadline. For Black history, the Iowa Bystander is a great way to hear Clinton’s Black voices, as their voices were not featured in the local papers. Of in…

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In 2020, the combination of widespread lockdowns, government stimulus, and easy access laid the groundwork for a boom in retail trading in the stock market.

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This week I was given some information and updates pertaining to COVID-19 and I wanted to take this opportunity to share it with you as well.

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As you may have heard, there have been at least four cases of COVID at the state Capitol over the past weeks (and probably quite a few more that are not being reported).

DEAR DR. ROACH: Sixty years ago, I was diagnosed with Raynaud’s syndrome by my doctor. I started taking nifedipine during winter months, but not during the summer. After moving to Colorado, I took the medication year-round because the weather here was often cool in the mountains even in summ…

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