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Mitchel Olszak

Mitchel Olszak
  • Olszak.jpg Mitchel Olszak: Pennsylvanians shouldn’t be fooled by electoral hijinks

    Back in the 2000 presidential election, Americans received a civics lesson of sorts. Much of it involved obscure terms such as hanging and dimpled chads, as well as butterfly ballots. All of this, of course, came courtesy of Florida, whose clumsy election efforts produced an extended period of uncertainty in the presidential contest between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

    February 4, 2013 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg Mitchel Olszak: CBS practices censorship to protect its interests

    When it comes to integrity in the field of broadcasting, few can challenge the standing of CBS. Since the days of radio, this organization has stood out in its commitment to tough-minded, serious journalism. From Edward R. Murrow to Walter Cronkite to the current crop of reporters on “60 Minutes,” CBS has built a reputation no entity can match.

    January 21, 2013 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg Mitchel Olszak: Letters to the editor play their part in marketplace of ideas

    “Why did you run that letter?” It’s a question I’ve been asked many times over the years regarding various letters to the editor that appear in the New Castle News.

    January 14, 2013 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg Mitchel Olszak: A predictable public debate on shooting

    A lot of people were wondering what the National Rifle Association would have to say about the Newtown, Conn., massacre. And the NRA wanted it that way. Maintaining official silence for a week after a shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 26 people, including 20 students, the gun rights organization promised a plan that would seriously address this sort of violence.

    December 24, 2012 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg Mitchel Olszak on Connecticut Shooting: Will another rampage matter?

    It’s my expectation that last week’s deadly school shooting in Connecticut will produce a series of predictable results. We’ll see the outpourings of grief and expressions of outrage. Less visible will be the struggles of families who lost loved ones and are trying to cope with the horror thrust upon them.

    December 17, 2012 1 Photo 2 Stories

  • Olszak.jpg Mitchel Olszak: Should Nobel Prize recipients live up to award’s ideals?

    If there’s one place you’d expect to find support for free expression, it would be among Nobel Prize recipients. The people who win these awards almost have to be the sort who think big and manage to do so outside the box.

    December 10, 2012 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg Mitchel Olszak: Evidence of global warming grows

    A lot of questions swirl around the subject of global warming. Here’s the main one: Is it really happening? Despite skeptics and dismissals, an increasing body of scientific work appears to confirm warming and its impacts.

    December 3, 2012 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg Mitchel Olszak: What’s wrong with bagging a Bigfoot?

    Do you think it’s OK to shoot a unicorn? Should hunters be allowed to bag dragons? And what’s the creel limit on Loch Ness monsters? These questions might seem silly, but there are people who take them seriously.

    November 26, 2012 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg Mitchel Olszak: Citizens need to restore civility, sense to political campaigns

    “It’s not my fault” That was the subliminal message delivered by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito last week when he offered comments on the infamous Citizens United decision.

    November 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • Olszak.jpg Mitchel Olszak: Is this a new era for immigration reform? Maybe not

    Last Tuesday wasn’t exactly a debacle for Republicans. But from some of the reaction coming out of the GOP, you might make that assumption. Apparently, many Republicans expected big gains from this year’s general election, up to and including a recapturing of the White House. Instead, the results left both parties pretty much where they had been, with barely perceptible gains by Democrats in Washington.

    November 12, 2012 1 Photo

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