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Mitchel Olszak: Personal skepticism is best defense against scams
The caller said she had been targeted by a telephone scam. She wanted me to put something in the paper to warn others. I asked if she had contacted police about the matter.
Mitchel Olszak: Autumn becomes the time to report for leaf duty
This time of year, I find myself frequently looking skyward. I’m not pondering the clouds, anticipating snow or scanning for NSA drones. Rather, I’m looking at the trees.
Mitchel Olszak: Questions abound in New Castle tuition scandal
With the release of names in the New Castle school district tuition scandal, a local drama comes to a close. Well, not exactly. Countless questions still hang over the matter of non-resident employees who failed to pay required tuition for their children who attended New Castle schools.
Mitchel Olszak: Increasing numbers of Americans are catching on to Congress
A new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll says 60 percent of Americans would like to fire everyone in Congress. When I read this, my thought was: What’s wrong with the other 40 percent?
Mitchel Olszak: Budget nonsense bugs nation
The other day, I was watching a stink bug as it tried to crawl up the inside of a glass lampshade. Looking at the trapped, mindless creature, I couldn’t help but think of the United States Congress.
Mitchel Olszak: Newspapers are still a mystery to some people
Newspapers have been around for a long time. So you would think people would have gotten the hang of them by now. Yet I constantly encounter folks who seem to have no idea about what we do and the role we play in providing information.
Mitchel Olszak: The heat is on for planet Earth
Warming temperatures are destined to wipe out all life on planet Earth. So human beings will need to find a new home in order to survive. That’s the conclusion of research released last week that calculated the point when Earth will no longer be habitable.
Mitchel Olszak: Pennsylvania’s gambling dependency
Privatization of public services can be a good thing. But not always. These matters always warrant a case-by case assessment. Ideally, privatization serves the public interest when it promotes innovation, efficiency and perhaps even some measure of competition.
Mitchel Olszak: NSA defenders miss bigger picture
The political establishment in Washington has circled the wagons around the National Security Agency. This is the intelligence organization tasked with a key aspect of national defense: Monitoring potential threats and gathering information designed to protect America and its interests.
Mitchel Olszak: Rolling Stone cover flap is much ado about nothing
Have you ever noticed how one silly incident can produce a series of similar nonsense? Take the current dustup over the latest cover of Rolling Stone magazine. It features a photo of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The image is of a mellow-looking young man with a mop-top haircut who looks perfectly harmless.
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