Scammers are like viruses: They adapt and evolve

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“A scam is an attempt to defraud a person after first gaining their trust. Confidence tricks exploit victims using a combination of the victim’s fear, naivete, compassion, vanity, or greed.” By now, most of us have been a potential victim of one scam or another. Has your computer screen ever been covered by a message warning you

Age only matters if you’re a cheese

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I was born in 1942; I am now 51 years old. How is that possible? If you know, please send a comment through Gettysburg Connection. Speaking of age, Republicans are trying to convince voters that Biden is not only old, he’s also actually senile. That’s why his poll numbers are low, and why he is

Opinion: Ten suggestions for helping Biden win

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Elie Wiesel once wrote, “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” There are various fictional stories and real-life examples of individuals who protest alone, not expecting an immediate change but perhaps making a symbolic statement or holding onto their

The wit and wisdom of H.L. Mencken

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I find witty quotations valuable for several reasons. They can summarize or express a thought or idea in a few well-chosen words, and their brevity makes them easy to remember. Many remain relevant across generations because they express universal truths or insights. H.L. Mencken. the cranky “Sage of Baltimore,” was a satirist and cultural critic.

“…no law respecting an establishment of religion”

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Americans’ beliefs about the Constitution and their beliefs about the U.S. government’s relationship to religion have been widely debated in recent years by those concerned about the rise of Christian nationalism, the idea that America should be an overtly Christian, not secular, nation in which a certain interpretation of the Bible holds sway There is

Moral failure, strategic blunder

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Israel’s war of revenge on Gaza is both a moral failure and a strategic blunder. Every war is a moral failure because of the immense suffering, destruction, and loss of life that accompanies armed conflicts. It leads to a tragic and undesirable outcome in human affairs. Article 51 of the U.N. Charter states that countries

I wonder who’s losing it now

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“To lower our voices would be a simple thing. In these difficult years [the 1960s], America has suffered from a fever of words; from inflated rhetoric that promises more than it can deliver; from angry rhetoric that fans discontent into hatred; from bombastic rhetoric that postures instead of persuading. We cannot learn from one another

Can’t happen here – or can it?

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Is Trump a fascist? In his book “The Anatomy of Fascism”, Columbia University Professor Emeritus Robert Paxton defines fascism as “a form of political behavior marked by obsessive preoccupation with community decline, humiliation, or victimhood and by compensatory cults of unity, energy, and purity, in which a mass-based party of committed nationalist militants, working in

Send in the clowns; they’re already here

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“I would like to speak briefly and simply about a serious national condition. It is a national feeling of fear and frustration that could result in national suicide and the end of everything that we Americans hold dear. It is a condition that comes from the lack of effective leadership in either the Legislative Branch