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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: I own a bar with my best friend. We work great together. I’ve been married for five years, and yesterday, my business partner showed me messages from my husband. He gave her his phone number and said if she ever wants to talk, she should call. He is in no way associated with our bar. They are friends through me. I am very upset he did this. I confronted him, and he said he was just being nice. However, I’m still mad and hurt he did this. Should I just overlook this as his being friendly, or do I have a reason to be upset? -- Aggravated
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COVID Pandemic Creates Opportunities for Tax Relief

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As state and local officials work through budget-related COVID challenges, they should pay heed to Benjamin Franklin’s counsel that “out of adversity comes opportunity.” In this case, the opportunity is finding more efficient uses for taxpayer dollars and then providing permanent state and local tax relief.
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Simple Terms

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This week marked “Read Across America Day,” a day to encourage and celebrate the joy of reading, especially among our children. Read Across America was established by the National Education Association in 1998 and falls on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2. Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump referred to Dr. Seuss as part of their proclamations for the day. In 2016, Obama called Dr. Seuss “one of America’s revered wordsmiths,” and said that “Theodor Seuss Geisel -- or Dr. Seuss -- used his incredible talent to instill in his most impressionable readers universal values we all hold dear.
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Dear Annie

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Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married one year. Before we got married, he kept himself clean. Gradually, he’s changed, and his hygiene has gotten worse and worse. Now he only changes underwear and showers once a week. He has let his hair grow long and messy and refuses to get a haircut. He shaves maybe once a week, at most. He used to be fun to go out with, and now he never wants to go anywhere. Please help. I’m desperate. What can I do? I want the man I married back. -- Stink Has Me on the Brink
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Public Health England Report: E-Cigarettes Help Smokers Quit

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A new report from Britain’s top public health organization adds to the growing mountain of evidence that vaping, e-cigarettes, and “heat-not-burn” alternatives are effective tools for getting cigarette smokers to quit, significantly lowering their health risks. The new evidence update recently released by Public Health England (PHE) also reconfirms that health risks from vaping are 95 percent lower than traditional combustible cigarettes.
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Climate Change Alarmism Takes Another Big Hit

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Throughout the midsection of the United States in February, record frigid temperatures were inconvenient for those politicians who call global warming an “existential threat.” Global warming is already here, we are told. However, it didn’t feel like it if you lived in Bismarck, North Dakota, where temperatures fell to decades-low numbers, or in Chicago, Oklahoma City, Dallas or Houston.
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Dear Annie

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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.
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Rumpled Giant of the Senate: Carl Levin’s Life and Times

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Whether or not you enjoyed watching Carl Levin question witnesses during U.S. Senate hearings depended entirely on where you were sitting while he was doing it. If you were a Senate committee staffer sitting behind the senator from Michigan while he eviscerated arrogant or dissembling corporate executives whose weeks of preparation with high-powered lawyers failed to prevent the evisceration, it was something to behold. It wasn’t only that no one else in Congress was better at questioning witnesses than Levin. No one even came close.