Dear Helaine: I need some financial advice. I am 60 years old and, after working for a U.S. embassy as local staff, I migrated to the United States in 2014. Upon separating from the embassy, I received a six-figure severance. I invested about $40,000 toward the purchase of a home in North Ca…

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DEAR HARRIETTE: My family went out to dinner with friends of ours who were in town visiting. There were five of them and three of us, and the restaurant was kind of expensive. When it came time to pay the bill, it was a little awkward. Normally we would just split the bill, but the number of…

The latest report from America’s Health Rankings shows a slight improvement in Oklahoma on a critical child wellbeing area, Adverse Childhood Experiences also called ACEs.

Last week’s column on Gov. Stitt’s decision to let refugees continue to be resettled in the Sooner state had several readers weighing in. Most agreed with me, but three were adamant that I was either woefully ignorant of the facts, mischaracterizing the refugee resettlement program or a fear…

When it comes to resolutions, one should pursue those that are simple and achievable. That’s true whether you’re talking about personal resolutions or (as I am today) resolutions for public policy goals for Oklahoma.

Dear Harriette: I have a puppy. I’m happy about it, but at the same time, I feel bad. I am in school, and I work almost every day. My puppy ends up staying in a kennel for 10 to 12 hours a day while I’m away. When I get home, he is so happy to see me. I spend some time with him, but I’m so t…

Dear Doctor: I just heard about a study that says if you own a dog, you’ll do better after having a heart attack. Is that real, or is it an urban legend?

As we step into a new year and debatably a new decade, depending upon who you ask if decades start with a 0 year or a 1, we at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy are looking for a brighter future for Oklahoma’s children. This is not only the tag line for our new desktop calendars, but…

This week, lawmakers in both chambers of Congress return for the first legislative session week in the calendar year. 

Imagine asking your children if they want an increased allowance, and stressing that money is no object.

 The presidential campaign has entered the presidential election year.

Dear Doctor: I am an 82-year-old woman. When I was in my teens, I did some sleepwalking. A recent occurrence during the night is making me wonder if I have sleepwalked again. What are some of the things that sleepwalkers have been known to do?

DEAR HARRIETTE: I went to visit my sister, who is single and retired. We talk on the phone a lot, but we haven’t spent time together for a couple of years. I was surprised to see how sedentary her life has become. Basically she sits around and watches TV all day. She looks at romantic movies…

The 2020 election season could be exciting for some, frustrating for others, and, for almost everyone, fraught with tension.

Just over two years ago, President Donald Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law. Since then, Americans are not only getting to keep more of their hard-earned money as promised, but the economy is clearly booming as a result of the president’s continual focus on pro-growth policies.…

Benjamin Franklin said about the new year: “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” About 50% of Americans will make New Year’s resolutions this year, but statistics find only 8% will ultimately accomplish them. Most modern reso…

The debate over renegotiating state-tribal gaming compacts, which confer monopoly rights to casinos, has focused mostly on dollars and cents. But the debate should also focus on the societal fallout of casinos: the ripple effects of problem gamblers.

For a recent significant birthday, I received a number of gift cards as presents, but I didn’t use most of them.

While history was made in the United States last week, it was sadly done so as a result of hyper-partisan politics and Democrats’ longtime dislike of President Donald Trump.

As we finish up the 2019 OK Foster Wishes program, I want to offer my sincere thanks to the many supporters who made this year a success. If you are not aware, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services program called Holiday Hope collects wish lists submitted by foster youth over a three-mon…

The Christmas season is one where families gather to celebrate. Often the subject of politics and religion will come up and as Mark Twain said, “I am quite sure that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkey’s.” Twain’s p…

Dear Doctor: Our 76-year-old mom is nervous about getting the special Fluzone shot for older people because a neighbor told her it will make her sick. Is that true? What makes flu shots so important?

If listening to someone whack a bell at Christmas dinner “to pierce the silence in the face of all forms of oppression including racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, misogyny, and homophobia” sounds like your idea of a good time, then membership in the Oklahoma Education Association may be for you.

For nearly 60 years, lawmakers in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle have affirmed their bipartisan commitment to providing for our common defense. Through passage of the National Defense Authorization Act in the House last week and swift consideration expected in the Senate, I am …

As we are in the season of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and other worldwide holidays celebrated during December, I want to wish each of you a peaceful, stress-free and happy time with friends, family and loved ones. Please remember that this is a very special time for children and the tensio…

DEAR READERS: Today is Veterans Day. Too often we notice these holidays on the calendar, but they take on meaning only when they affect us directly. It is worth pointing out that we live in relative safety thanks to the sacrifices that our men and women in the armed forces offer in order to …

Dear Doctor: I just turned 55 and have noticed that I get winded faster these days when I go running. Does getting older affect how much air your lungs can hold? Is there any way to increase it?

DEAR HARRIETTE: My father says a lot of things that I don’t think are politically correct. He is quick to make racist and sexist comments. He is totally clueless about the way that people communicate today.

Dear Helaine: My wife has been accepted into law school. It’s a private university — a fancy, highly ranked one that costs a lot. A lot! I’m in my 40s and she’s in her mid-30s. We have investment savings, and our IRAs are on par with what is expected of folks gearing up to retire in their ea…

For nearly 60 years, lawmakers in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle have affirmed their bipartisan commitment to providing for our common defense. 

Dear Doctor: A few months ago, my husband and I helped our oldest son move into his first apartment. I don’t know what happened exactly, but my lower back has been hurting ever since. I would rather not use any medications and have heard that yoga can be good for back pain. Is this true?

The arguments made by supporters of Medicaid expansion often have a quasi-religious undertone.

The holiday season has arrived, and OICA is preparing a “wish list” for lawmakers in advance of the next legislative session.

 “Civilization as we know it today is at stake in the next election, and certainly our planet,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said at a CNN town hall on Thursday.

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ADA [ndash] Services for Anita Jane Robbins, 84, of Ada will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church. The Rev. Harold Ware will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Robbins died peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in her home. She was born Feb. 23, 1935, to…