It’s not necessary to stop masking

Dear Doctors: The pandemic restrictions were difficult, but I'm not comfortable with ending mask mandates yet. I think we're rushing into it. I have a co-worker who says that since vaccinated people don't get very sick, getting infected isn't the big deal it used to be. Do you think that's true?

Mentor isn’t offering good advice

DEAR HARRIETTE: I'm afraid that most of the advice that my mentor offers me is not helpful. She is incredibly successful in the field that I aspire to work in, but she is from a different time. A lot of the steps that she took to get to where she is today wouldn't work for me. I'll go to her for advice about new opportunities I've been offered, but she will usually discourage me from taking them on. I still regret not taking my chances on some of those opportunities. Do you think that it's time that I find a new mentor, or should I continue to trust her advice? – Mentee

Someone had to say it!

In Michael Kinsley's immortal definition, "A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn't supposed to say." By that standard, the term would definitely apply to Joe Biden's recent condemnation of Vladimir Putin.

People are tired of both of them

Andrew Jackson and John Quincy Adams did it. So did Martin Van Buren and William Henry Harrison. Grover Cleveland and Benjamin Harrison, too. Also William Jennings Bryan and William McKinley. And of course, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson.

Girlfriend’s comment sparks insecurity

DEAR HARRIETTE: My girlfriend accidentally made a rude comment about my height. I don't think that she meant to be offensive, but my height is something I'm very insecure about. I am feeling different about her now that I know how she really feels. Before she made that comment, she made me feel like my height was something she didn't pay attention to at all. Now I know that all along she has noticed my insecurity as much as I have. She immediately apologized, but the damage has been done. How am I supposed to move past this? I feel like the world looks at me as a short man. – Height Insecurity

Invest in Clinton’s future!

Let there be no doubt that it costs lots of money to renovate and build new schools. It also took a lot of money to construct the current Clinton Middle School building 87 years ago. The same can be said for some of the buildings at Nance and Southwest Elementary schools that have been in use for more than half a century.

Addressing marijuana industry

We’ve officially passed the second reading deadline to hear measures in our chamber, which typically means we’re about halfway through this session.

Company culture may not be a fit for new employee

DEAR HARRIETTE: My new job has a much more laid-back work environment than I am used to. At the orientation, the higher-ups shared a number of important rules and guidelines with the new hires, but I seem to be the only employee who's following them. My co-workers seem to do whatever they want at all times, and they rarely meet sales goals. The environment is definitely hurting my productivity at work. I am a hard worker, and I always want to do a good job – regardless of what others have going on. I'm starting to think that maybe I'm at the wrong company. What should I do? – Hard Worker