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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.
Mitchel Olszak: Anonymous letters to paper can produce frustration
Here at the New Castle News, we get our share of anonymous letters. The topics of these letters run the gamut, ranging from complaints about what we do or don’t do, to all manner of allegations against public officials, businesses and private citizens.
Mitchel Olszak: Who wants to debate NSA spying?
“I welcome this debate and I think it’s healthy for our democracy.” President Obama made this comment recently regarding revelations the National Security Agency has been scooping up vast amounts of raw data from America’s telephone systems and Internet providers.
Mitchel Olszak: Excuses for data sweep sound hollow
Perhaps 2013 will go down as the year privacy and civil liberties became too inconvenient for government. Listening to assorted officials defend massive programs that scoop up vast amounts of data certainly gives that impression.
Mitchel Olszak: Casino satire comes to fruition
Several years ago, I wrote a satirical column about government subsidizing casinos. In it, I envisioned a time in the future when casinos became so prevalent that the gambling market was glutted with them.
Mitchel Olszak: The challenge in life is to make certain that we live it
Many years ago, I worked as a reporter covering the police beat. The job involved a paper in a small town. And while much of this news consisted of burglaries, fights, drunk driving arrests, etc., I would get the occasional call for a fatality.
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