Answering questions on booster shots

Hello, dear readers, and welcome back to our ongoing coronavirus conversation. We're finally able to answer one of your most-asked questions, which is about the availability of booster shots. The green light for booster shots has officially been given to a limited group of people.

Making friends with former bully

DEAR HARRIETTE: My friend became good friends with a girl who used to pick on me in high school. I feel a bit betrayed, even though it was so many years ago. I almost feel a bit silly that feelings are so hurt about something that happened so long ago, but it still happened.

Will Trump try to be 47th president?

Here is where the Old Contrarian (me) seeks to diminish the importance of what Old Yeller (not the 1956 children's book, but the 45th president of the United States) did the other day by traveling to Iowa and

What’s really killing this country

Iowa is represented in the U.S. House by three Republicans and one Democrat. After last year's census, an independent advisory commission drew a new map that reaffirmed the current balance, but made one of the Republican districts slightly more competitive.

Partner not supportive after being told about my eating disorder

DEAR HARRIETTE: I opened up to my partner about my eating disorder, and I did not get the supportive response I wanted. I have silently struggled with my eating disorder for years, so telling my partner about it was a huge deal. When I told them, their response was underwhelming, to say the least. They encouraged me to start working out and find a diet plan that works for me; they didn't say anything about how I need to love and accept myself for who I am and how there is nothing wrong with me. I was disheartened by their response and a bit triggered. Am I wrong to feel so hurt by that sort of response? -- Opening Up

Experiencing my first tornado

As one of Clinton’s newer residents, Tuesday’s storm was my first experience with a tornado and its aftermath. After being initiated into the tornado club, I can confidently say, as someone who has now experienced both, earthquakes are better than tornadoes.

Weapons charges at the insurrection

It has become common in some circles to call the Jan. 6 Capitol riot an "armed insurrection." That leads to a few questions: How many rioters were armed? And what weapons did they have? What were the arms in the "armed insurrection"?

Insulin resistance helped with diet, exercise

Dear Doctor: My yearly physical showed I have insulin resistance. I'm not sure I understand what that means. My doctor says I should stop eating sugar, and that I need to exercise more. Is that going to be enough to make this go away?

Mother-in-law stays in toxic relationship

DEAR HARRIETTE: My mother-in-law has a boyfriend who continuously treats her like trash. She kicks him out of her home once every few months, but he always ends up back in the house –it's a toxic cycle. It is hard for me to keep watching her take him back, but I don't want to overstep. What can I say to help her understand that she needs to leave this man for good? – Protective Daughter