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Tom Purcell

Elderly, beware: Scams on rise

A phone scammer made a mistake when he called my mother.
The young male caller pretended to be her grandson. He said he’d been arrested for fishing on an Indian reservation - unaware he was breaking the law — and needed bail money so a judge wouldn’t throw him in jail.
My mother’s response, which I’ll share in a moment, is now a classic part of family lore — but the threat that increasingly sophisticated scammers pose to elderly Americans is nothing to laugh about.

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Christine Flowers

Planned Parenthood’s true mission

I’ve often been a critic of Planned Parenthood, because I believe that despite its arguments to the contrary, the organization is primarily a political tool for the abortion industry. Those who support Planned Parenthood are quick with the statistics about how they provide counseling, general checkups and health care, mammogram referrals and other female-centric health services.
Supporters say that abortion is just a small percentage of the services Planned Parenthood provides. I never believed that, but many people do.

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Tom Purcell

Politicians: Act you’re a kindergartener

We could use a hearty dose of Robert Fulghum wisdom about now.
Our political discourse is at a fever pitch. Our allegedly esteemed elected leaders are carrying on like unruly children — shouting and pouting and becoming increasingly strident with their political opponents. 
If they wish to carry on like children, they need to learn some kindergarten wisdom.
“All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be, I learned in kindergarten,” wrote Fulghum in his famous 1988 essay, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten.”

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