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Mitchel Olszak

Mitchel Olszak
  • Olszak.jpg 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.

    August 19, 2013 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg 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.

    July 22, 2013 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg 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.

    July 15, 2013 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg 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.

    July 8, 2013 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg 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.

    June 17, 2013 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg 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.

    June 10, 2013 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg 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.

    June 1, 2013 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg 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.

    May 27, 2013 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg 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.

    May 20, 2013 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg 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.

    May 6, 2013 1 Photo

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