EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — In Iowa, they pause for coffee at the Kum & Go convenience stores in crossroads scattered around the state. In New Hampshire, they engage voters in school gymnasiums and on town street corners. Here, they appear on television.

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Dear Helaine: Recently, I looked around for car insurance and was told my “insurance score” is “average.” I couldn’t believe it, but I was told it had to do with my credit rating. I have no negative info on my credit record. I checked, and it’s clean. 

My 5-year-old grandson craves lead paint and has used his toothbrush to get at old layers of lead paint in his family’s renovated 1880s home. His development has slowed, and people think he’s autistic. If it’s the lead, what can we do?

 

In the past decade, Republican governors in several states, eager for Obamacare federal dollars but aware their constituents opposed Obamacare, adopted “modified” versions of Medicaid expansion that included very minimal work requirements or premiums.

This session when a compromise was finally reached.

It’s that time of year again, when the third-grade students in Mrs. B’s class at The Langley School in McLean, Virginia, begin their annual project to learn about the United States. Each year, the students are assigned a specific state to learn more about. Shortly after Mrs. B hands out that…

The worsening spread and global impact of the coronavirus continues to be at the center of news coverage.

 

The pace at the Oklahoma Legislature has been moving quickly with the committees doing their work, along with some legislation being heard on the floor.

We’ve now concluded the second week of the 2020 legislative session.

In education debates, some people see children whose lives can be immeasurably improved, while others see children only as tools to gain political power.

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”  Under attack from liberals in recent years, who believe gun control will reduce mass shooti…

DEAR HARRIETTE: A friend of mine has always said she wants to be an author. She’s never published anything. Recently, she presented me with a manuscript that she says she has been working on for years. It reads a bit like a memoir, but I do not think it is very good. The thoughts are not coh…

Dear Helaine: Recently, I looked around for car insurance and was told my “insurance score” is “average.” I couldn’t believe it, but I was told it had to do with my credit rating. I have no negative info on my credit record. I checked, and it’s clean. 

BURLINGTON, Vermont — Nearly a half-century ago, a young University of Vermont political scientist was rummaging through the stacks of the Howe Memorial Library when he was accosted by an agitated figure fulminating about millionaires and displaying an unsettling fixation on the Rockefeller …

DEAR HARRIETTE: Every time I get tickets for a special event and invite my husband to go with me, he reneges on the day of. Like clockwork, he finds some excuse for not being able to join me. I get these great, free tickets through my work. They are often for special cultural experiences, an…

The House Democratic Caucus unveiled a future for Oklahoma this past week. Through dramatic changes to our criminal justice system, education system, health care system and the state’s economy, the House Democratic Caucus put together a plan that invests not in banks, corporations or wealthy…

The 2020 legislative session began this past Monday. The main event during that first day is always the governor’s State of the State address. This marked Gov. Kevin Stitt’s second time to deliver the annual remarks, giving the state’s chief executive the opportunity to talk about his accomp…

Last week, President Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. Focused on what he dubbed the “Great American Comeback,” the president’s speech rightly touted the tremendous results of his leadership during the last three years. And I was …

Last week’s news headlines were historic. On Monday, Iowa held their quadrennial presidential caucuses. Both the Republicans and Democrats use the caucus system in Iowa. A caucus is an indirect election. Instead of registered voters going to their normal polling place and casting a secret vo…

Hi, Helaine: I have a question. I put $15,000 in a CD last August for a year. The interest rate is 2.2 percent. I got a postcard in the mail from a bank the other day. It’s offering $600 to open a new savings account with a $15,000 minimum, along with one monthly direct deposit to the checki…

DEAR HARRIETTE: My neighbor, who is a good friend, confided in me that she is having an affair with a guy at her job. It came up because she asked me if I would watch her kids last-minute one evening. When I asked her what was going on — because she is usually well-organized and responsible …

When it comes to matters of war, you might have heard of something called an authorization for the use of military force. In recent days following Iranian aggression and the President Trump’s use of defensive force, there has been a lot of attention paid to prior authorizations and the U.S. …

Dear Doctor: I’m 19 years old, and I switched to a vegan diet six months ago. I’m careful about getting enough vitamin B12. However, some of my girlfriends say it’s not that important and your body makes all the B12 you need. Is that true?

DEAR HARRIETTE: I swore off social media about a year ago because I found it to be a distraction, and I really needed to get some work done. I gave myself a year, and now that I am there, I don’t know if I want to go back. I like being disengaged from the chatter, much of which doesn’t seem …

Dear Harriette: I have been looking for work for about a year. Throughout this period, I have been talking to a few close friends about my search, as they are also looking for work. Recently, one friend told me about a job she is interviewing for that seems perfect for me. She even said as m…

Hi, Helaine: I’m 59 years old and plan to retire from a federal government job at the end of the year. I’ve spoken with a couple of different financial advisers, and it seemed like they were interested in acquiring my Thrift Savings Plan, which is like a 401(k) with the federal government. 

DEAR HARRIETTE: I hung out with some friends and got an earful. My friends said that even though their children go to a predominantly white school, they have told their children that they had better not bring any white girls home as a date or to marry. They were adamant about this, completel…

The vote to remove or acquit President Trump on charges he withheld aid from Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into Joe Biden’s son has been scheduled for Wednesday, February 5th.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Deep in the historical archives of the state that Monday holds the first contest in the 2020 presidential election is the farm diary of Ellen Mowrer Miller, who, more than a century and a half ago, expressed the optimism that a dozen Democratic candidates are struggling to …

In a recent column published by The Oklahoman, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, declared himself connected at the hip with Oklahoma teacher unions. There’s good reason to take that claim seriously — the Oklahoma Education Association’s national parent, the National Education Association, has given Sanders an “A” rating for years — so one should take seriously Sanders’ agenda as one shared by his teacher union comrades.

Dear Harriett: I have a client who owes me a substantial amount of money, and I have been waiting for nearly five months for the check to come through. It’s crazy. Ninety days is standard for this company, but it’s almost double that now. When I asked about the payment about two months ago, …

A Fox News poll released on Sunday showed half of Americans want President Trump impeached and removed from office.

Like most parents, my wife and I teach our daughters that they are responsible for their actions and that hard work pays off. So you can understand why I am upset to learn a state taxpayer-funded entity may be spreading a message telling minority children like my daughters to think otherwise.

Hello, dear readers! We hope this new year is finding you happy and healthy, and that the expectations of the holiday season didn’t take their toll. Whether it’s a moment of meditation, a quiet cup of tea, or a romp with the family dog, always remember to take some time for yourselves. And n…

Even though House Democrats voted to impeach the president last month on December 18, it wasn’t until January 15 that action was taken to initiate the Senate trial, which has now begun in earnest. It’s important to remember that this needless delay came after an incredibly rushed and partisa…

Two viewings of the documentary film “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” brought together more than 600 people to learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma-informed care.

Dear Doctor: My wife does calligraphy, but she’s having trouble because her hands have started shaking. She’s worried it’s Parkinson’s disease. What else could be the cause?     

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AFTON [ndash] Services for Lana Mayer Wyche, 74, of Afton and formerly of Ada are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Larry Hawkins will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at Criswell Funeral Home. Mrs. Wyche passed away Saturday, Fe…

ADA [ndash] Services for Lindsay Snow, 43, of Ada are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church. The Rev. Brian Matthews will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery. Lindsay did not let a lifelong battle with rheumatoid arthritis stop her from living large. She descr…