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Ephrata National Bank Sells Home Mortgages to Wells Fargo Bank

by Craig Hartranft on December 3, 2018

in Op-Ed

Ephrata National BankWhere did my mortgage go? Being a faithful customer and expecting local customer service, you went to you local community bank for mortgage, but then they sold your mortgage to a giant national bank. What’s up with that?

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Local Community Christmas Tree Recently Named Ugliest In Small Town America

2 December 2018 Humor & Satire

Dateline: Ephrata, Pennsylvania A local community Christmas tree was recently named the ugliest Christmas tree in small town America, thanks to its incomplete decoration which resulted in the evergreen having only half its lights. The announcement was made on social media via Facebook, and quickly garnered 1.5 million likes.

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Thousand Oaks CA Mass Shooting: “We Have To Do Something About Hate” and Why That Is Problematical

8 November 2018 Op-Ed

During a press conference this morning about last night’s mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean was reported to have said (sic), “We have to do something about hate.” Well, we’ve tried legislation to curb, prevent, and outlaw hate related crimes. How’s that working out? It has only made people scared and […]

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Don’t Get Fooled Again: Fake Identities, False Friends, and Online Safety in the Age of Social Media

13 May 2018 Internet & Social Media Safety

You know that old saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t.” When it comes to false friends or identities with absent, spurious, or fake credentials, the same proverb applies to social media, notably Facebook. “If the account identity cannot be verified, it probably isn’t for real.” There are many people who […]

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Bad Retailing Practices: The Right Way, The Wrong Way, and The Martin’s Country Market Way

5 May 2017 Op-Ed

I preface the following remarks with this: I’ve been shopping at Martin’s Country Market for better than 25 years, and will continue to do so. This treatise is written as an op-ed expose and, for the grocery shopping populace, a caveat emptor for all grocery and retail stores. On a recent Monday, I was shopping at […]

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