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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.
Mitchel Olszak: State records reveal water problems with gas well drilling
The drilling of shale gas in Lawrence County and the rest of Pennsylvania holds great promise. It also holds the potential for harm. Depending on who you ask, health and environmental concerns about shale gas drilling are either very real or very overblown.
Mitchel Olszak: Snooping threat to the free press
In “All the President’s Men,” reporter Bob Woodward conducts late-night meetings with a source in a parking garage. That source, Deep Throat (later revealed to be high-ranking FBI official Mark Felt), was worried that he would be exposed as a tipster in the Watergate scandal.
Mitchel Olszak: Toomey takes a chance on guns
How does a conservative Republican senator representing a state with a Democratic majority protect himself politically? One way is to take positions that tend to straddle the nation’s ideological fence.
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