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I bet you never heard of Emma Lazarus, but you’re probably familiar with the most recognizable closing phrase of her poem “The New Colossus.”

DEAR ANNIE: I met a great gal. We seem really good together most of the time, but here's the rub. She has a dog. It is a nice dog but not very well trained. The big problem is bedtime at my place. The dog wants to share our bed, and is uncontrollably insistent about it, whining and disturbin…

DEAR DR. ROACH: I'm a 74-year-old female who smoked a pack a day for 40-plus years, having quit smoking about 18 years ago. As a precaution, I asked my primary doctor to order a screening CT scan, knowing that I'm a candidate for lung cancer. The results showed a 3-mm nodule in one lung, and…

WASHINGTON -- I once watched a comedian's stand-up routine about discovering the existence of the "silent heart attack" -- a heart attack with no outward symptoms. He rushes off to his doctor and says, "I have no symptoms! I'm obviously having a silent heart attack!"

Getting rejected for a personal loan can feel like a punch to the gut. It's easy to get discouraged, especially if it delays plans to consolidate debt or renovate your home.

In 2002, a friend’s eight-year-old daughter, Brianna Caddell, while sleeping in her bed, was fatally shot with an AK-47 assault rifle. The shooter, a drug dealer who had beef with another drug dealer, fired on the wrong house in Detroit, spraying it with two dozen rounds.

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Breakfast, as you may have heard, is the most important meal of the day. That's especially true for kids returning to school, who need fuel for energy and learning.

DEAR DR. ROACH: My question is about microscopic hematuria. I see a rheumatologist for sarcoidosis. In February 2018, I had various lab tests, including a urinalysis. That test and several since then have shown microscopic hematuria. The rheumatologist sent me to a urologist, who did scans a…

DEAR ANNIE: I am part of a cooking club that meets the second Tuesday of each month. Each member buys food and we cook a recipe chosen by the host. There are 15 members. Each has to host once every 15 months. We are all females in our 50s or 60s.

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WASHINGTON -- When it comes to gun control, conservatives have been fortunate in their enemies. Every time there is a mass shooting, the left renews its calls for gun control, but it spends a great deal of energy on futile and ahistorical arguments about the wording of the Second Amendment, …

THE CONVERSATION — When 22 people were killed in El Paso, Texas, and nine more were killed in Dayton, Ohio, roughly 12 hours later, responses to the tragedy included many of the same myths and stereotypes Americans have grown used to hearing in the wake of a mass shooting.

"It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men." – Eric Hoffer

THE CONVERSATION — In the wake of the El Paso shooting on Aug. 3 that left 21 dead and dozens injured, a familiar trope has reemerged: Often, when a young man is the shooter, people try to blame the tragedy on violent video games and other forms of media.

“Get me rewrite!” So went the popular image of the rewrite editor at the other end of the line from the reporter breathlessly dictating into the phone.

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have a strong history of premature heart disease in my family, and I have been having some unpleasant side effects of blood pressure medicine. I decided to try a completely plant-based diet: grains, vegetables, legumes, fruit, seeds and nuts.

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DEAR ANNIE: I live in a large apartment building in a very safe part of town. It's an older building, and all of the mail for the complex is in one room. Large packages are placed by the mailbox in that room rather than brought up the four flights of stairs.

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There was a time when the left considered McCarthyism the worst of all political tactics. That was before it became useful to question Mitch McConnell's loyalty to his country.

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Years ago, it was hard to be a racist. You had to be fitted for and spend money on a white gown and don a pointy hat. You celebrated racism by getting some burlap, wrapping it around a cross, setting it ablaze and dancing around it carrying torches. Sometimes, as did Lester Maddox, you had t…

THE CONVERSATION — The recent deaths of twins in the backseat of their father’s car is yet another reminder of how tragedies can occur when the brain goes into an autopilot mode and loses awareness of crucial events.

Fifty-four years ago in 1964 my grandfather Paul Parker Cassidy and my father Bob Cassidy opened Paul’s Discount, Clinton’s first and Iowa’s largest home-owned discount store. They had initially targeted Sterling, Illinois as the site to build their first store but after a visit to a bustlin…

Are student loans good debt that can open the door to a career or an insurmountable burden? Is all credit card debt a sign of reckless spending, or can it be a smart way to cover an expense? In general, no form of debt is inherently "good" or "bad." What makes it good or bad is how it fits i…

THE CONVERSATION — As I spoke recently with colleagues at a conference in Florence, Italy about health care innovation, a fundamental truth resurfaced in my mind: the U.S. health care industry is just that. An industry, an economic force, Big Business, first and foremost. It is a vehicle for…

The great annual fall migration is about to begin as you send your little bundle of joy off to college, full-time employment, or to establish their first household. Your child is finally 18 years old, graduated from high school and is moving on to the next major chapter of their lives. Wheth…

Fifty years ago today, an amazing thing happened when two humans – Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin – landed on the moon and stepped onto its dusty surface. The fact their craft didn’t hurtle to the ground and turn the moon into their grave was, in itself, hard to believe. And their re…

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DEAR DR. ROACH: I have an elderly friend who's becoming blind from macular degeneration. After hearing of a particularly frustrating event she experienced due to vision loss, I remembered the great clarity that the yellow-lens (to reduce glare) glasses gave me, not just at night, but daytime also.

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DEAR ANNIE: I am writing because I'm seeking your help about my relationship with my 30-year-old granddaughter, "Nadia." Our relationship is more of a mother-daughter type relationship, because my husband and I were involved in raising her. Our son had custody of his children because the mot…

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Why does President Donald Trump, who holds the world most powerful political office, waste his time, energy and insults belittling a quartet of first-year congresswomen?

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New Hampshire may be the Granite State, but it appears to have a wee soft spot for long-shot presidential candidate Marianne Williamson. The best-selling self-help author garnered 1.5% support in a new Democratic primary poll by St. Anselm College.

I’m hearing on a weekly basis from people receiving messages through Facebook from “friends” who try to convince the receiving party they are eligible for a big grant or prize.

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Until recently, it was impossible to have an Iowa criminal conviction expunged from a criminal history record – but as of July 1, the criminal court record of some categories of Iowa misdemeanor convictions can be expunged under newly enacted Iowa Code section 901C.3, if all of the following…

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YWCA members and volunteers periodically are featured highlighting the many facets of our community in which they’re a part of. This month, YWCA Marketing & Development Director Sarah Brubaker shares an opportunity for all of us to positively impact our community by taking part in this y…

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DEAR DR. ROACH: My neighbor is battling cancer for the third time. The medical personnel she sees when she goes for her chemotherapy treatments are urging her to get rid of her two cats. They claim the cats are a danger to her health. Wearing gloves and a mask while cleaning litter boxes wil…

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DEAR ANNIE: I will turn 65 this year and can't help but look back on my life. For the most part, until recently at least, I was feeling very satisfied. I was married right out of college, at 22, to the wrong person, and we split up after 10 months. She has since been married four times. But …

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DEAR ANNIE: I find that I have a real problem with aging. When a flight attendant nicely says, "This way, young lady," I want to punch him. I can't stand the condescension! I hate being old. I am 76 and, while I still maintain an active life -- teaching elementary school music and dance part…

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WASHINGTON -- On this 243rd anniversary of the beginning of the best thing that ever happened -- "The Great Republic" was Winston Churchill's tribute -- many of today's most interesting arguments about America's nature and meaning are among conservatives. One concerns the relevance of the De…

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Kevin L. Kotnik, 61, of Clinton passed away Friday at MercyOne - Clinton. Arrangements are pending at the Clinton Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes and Crematory.

Thomas J. Hansen, 41, formerly of Clinton, passed away Wednesday in Belvidere, Illinois. Arrangements are pending at the Clinton Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes & Crematory.

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