• Online tricksters can spoil your fun

    Fall is upon us. It’s the season of festivals, camp fires and Trick or Treat. The Halloween Industry Association claims Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday in the country.

    If you haven’t already bought your child’s costume, the BBB suggests you exercise caution. Many Halloween costume stores and websites are seasonal.

  • Buried under an ugly pile of political email

    There’s an adage often attributed to sausage makers that if you ever saw how it was produced, you never would eat it again.

    I like sausage, so I choose to ignore the details.

    But a version of this same statement could apply to the American electoral process. A lot of folks dislike it because of the vile, hateful, disrespectful nature of it.

  • Scams and schemes focus now on Ebola

    Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a variety of Ebola-related scams and problematic fundraisers that have emerged recently.

    A fundraising page on GoFundMe was created Wednesday to raise donations for Amber Joy Vinson, the nurse who traveled from Dallas to Cleveland and is being treated for Ebola.

  • Encouragement: The universal game changer

    “I can’t believe they lost,” I moaned after my favorite college football team went down in defeat. “Now they for sure won’t make it to the new four-team playoff system,” I continued to grumble.

    Sensing I was descending into a sports fanatic’s funk, my wife suggested we rent an uplifting movie, “Million Dollar Arm.”

  • This year, recommendations will come from readers

    Often I have said, the most difficult decisions are what we choose not to put in the newspaper.

    That applies to front-page articles, the sports page, national and international wire copy selections — even which comics and puzzles to carry.

  • Dealing with unintended impact of the wrong words

    Paula Deen was in the E!News studio recently, making media rounds to promote the launch of her new subscription-based online channel, the Paula Deen Network. It’s been over a year since her multi-million-dollar culinary empire came tumbling down after her admission that she used a racial slur 30 years ago.

  • BBB reminder: Know your collection rights

    f you use credit cards or owe money on loan, you are considered to be “in debt.” If you fall behind on a payment to your creditors, you may be contacted by a debt collector.

  • If you have something to say, say it here

    As the elections draw near, the letters to the editor increase dramatically.

    Whether part of an organized campaign to show support for a candidate or some heartfelt personal need to speak up, the burden of collecting, organizing, editing, producing and printing letters increases.

  • Today's puzzle: Sorting through political rhetoric

    Growing up with television as a frequent companion, my vision of an ideal job was walking in the footsteps of Hugh Downs.

  • Take steps to protect against credit fraud

    When it comes to credit card fraud, you are your own best defense. The Better Business Bureau offers tips on how to protect yourself from credit card fraud:

    • Be cautious about giving anyone your account number.
    • Carry only the cards you expect to use and keep them secure.