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Columns

  • Some scams appear at your front door

    In the summer months, scammers take advantage of the good weather to stalk neighborhoods. Going door-to-door with different scams to steal personal information and money.

    Some sales people may be trustworthy, working for legitimate companies or are “one-man-bands” selling their services for honest summer maintenance work. But there also are scammers out there “posing” as honest sales people.

  • CASA issues appeal for folks who care about kids

    By Sylvia Griendling

    Court Appointed Special Advocates for children, CASA of the Heartland, recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in Hardin County Family Court.

    The pre-service training is extensive and all encompassing — 30 hours of classroom and 10 hours of court observation. The next training class is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. weekdays July 14-25.

  • BBB: Don't put your faith in a bogus job offer

    Looking for a summer job? You could be the target of scammers handing out fake job offers.

    These bogus sites originate on some popular website, job posting sites and even direct messages via email and phone calls. Accepting these offers or contacting the phony employers can lead to stolen personal information or money.

    Fake job offers can be easy to spot when you know what to look for.

    For starters, be wary of deals that seem “too-good-to-be-true.” This includes offers that require no experience or education but pay outrageously well.

  • Father’s Day gadgets not always up to snuff

    Father’s Day is right around the corner. As we look to celebrate this special day with the men we love, it’s important to know how to spend money wisely on the perfect gift for Dad.

    The Better Business Bu­reau suggests you always make sure to get information on refund, exchange and warranties in writing. Don’t hesitate to ask if there is a return time limit, and get a gift receipt to enclose with your gift in case Dad needs to take it back.

    Here are some other tips from BBB on Father’s Day gift shopping:

  • When the glass under your feet crackles

    He described it as “one of the craziest feeling(s) of my life.” It happened last week as Alejandro Garibay was standing on one of the glass boxes that extend out about four feet from the observation floor in the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) 103 stories above Chicago.

    Garibay was posing for pictures with his brother and two of his cousins when the protective coating on the floor shattered, and the deck appeared to be cracking.

    The spectacular view of the Windy City suddenly seemed life threatening.

  • Some folks got mad about what we didn't do

    Sometimes it’s valuable to take down the wall and give our readers a peak at the thought process that goes into your daily newspaper.

    Maybe you’ll still disagree, but at least it will be an informed opinion.

    Every election season is accompanied by a certain amount of stress at the newspaper. With the energy and urgency invested by candidates and their supporters, it’s no surprise that some will lose perspective.

    Occasionally, I think, there’s just a need to blame someone other than themselves.

  • Understanding paradox is key to enjoying paradise

    Christianity is a religion of paradox because without faith, there is no true Christianity. Think about it: A paradox is defined as “a statement that seems contradictory, unbelievable, or absurd but that may be true in fact.”

    Christians are a people of paradox because they believe to be true what appears in the natural to be unbelievable or absurd.

  • Finding a way to ignore those nagging British voices in your life

    Last Sunday, I decided to visit a new church. I got the address and my husband, Terry, went out to the car and programmed it into our new GPS for me.

    I don’t quite trust the thing. (Once it got me going in circles and I’d still be trying to get to my destination if I hadn’t recognized the same barn, for the third time.)

  • Don’t be fooled by phoney phone deals

    Consumers are reporting to the BBB been ripped off by scammers posing as national telephone companies.

  • Use care when cleaning

    Spring cleaning is a good time to rid your home of the clutter and paperwork accumulated over the past year. When it comes to reviewing your financial records, knowing what to keep, what to discard and when is important.

    Some of these documents contain confidential information, so safe disposal is essential. The Better Business Bureau suggests the following record keeping and removal tips: