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One Moment, Please... Check your balance


Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

I’m not referring to checking your ability to stay upright. I’m referring to your bank account.

I recently learned that our company business bank account had been compromised. Apparently, while I was using our company debit card to make purchases, the information from that card had been stolen.

As I logged into our company business account online to review transactions, I noticed two separate charges coming from the retail store T.J.Maxx.

I immediately contacted our local bank, and they initiated the process of filing my case with their fraud department. They were and have continued to be extremely helpful with this process.

After calling our bank, I called the Rochester T.J.Maxx to inquire about a store number referenced with the purchase that appeared with the charges in the fraudulent transactions. They directed me to their corporate office, and it turns out that the T.J.Maxx in which the purchases were made came from a store in Atlanta, Ga. Surprisingly, I’ve never been to Atlanta, let alone their esteemed T.J.Maxx store. I’m sure it’s nice, and I’m sure the thief who made purchases with our company bank account funds would agree.

Unfortunately, I have no idea where this problem evolved, which is even more disconcerting as a consumer and business owner.

Who is accountable? Essentially, this is theft. But, instead of walking into a store and shoplifting items, this thief made what was perceived to be legitimate purchases and walked right out the door with the stolen goods.

And, after our bank rejected those charges, the cost of those stolen goods were charged back to T.J.Maxx. If you ever think the cost of your purchases at T.J.Maxx seem to be getting a little higher, you can thank the thieves for that. Obviously, when people steal from a business, those businesses have to make up for their losses by passing them onto the honest, good paying customers.

I really hope that whoever committed the crime does get caught, because we all know they will strike again as along as they keep getting away with this type of crime.

Where this situation concludes is still yet to be determined.

In the meantime, I had to cancel my debit card and apply for a new one. And, this situation has made me more sensitive to where I make business-related purchases, and how that data is managed.

It also makes me thin .....
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Why incumbents keep getting re-elected

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members’ standing with the American people at a historic low for ..... 
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The “c” word

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
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As a historian, I could talk your ear off about taboo. No, not that board game, although I’m pretty good at it. No, not the fifties-vintage cosmetics brand. I’m talking about those little quirks that each society has about what’s good, what’ ..... 
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There is no justice in Houston County

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
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By Dr. Bryan Van Gorp Planning and Zoning Director - Bob Scanlan, Environmental Services Director – Rick Frank, Planning Commission Chair – Dan Griffin, and Houston County Commissioners – Judy Storlie, Teresa Walter, and Steve Schuldt have de ..... 
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Correction 7.21.14

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
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In the July 14, edition of the Fillmore County Journal there was an error in the Wykoff citizen questions city council ethics article. It was NOT Roxanne Mensink who spoke to council about the controlled burn, it was Roxanne Sabatke.

Tilting at windmills and blowing smoke; can liberals keep fooling the voters?

By Jeff Erding

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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Given the current political situation, no one can envy the position of the liberals and secular progressives in America. New and more serious problems and scandals seem to pop up every day, most of them not at all favorable to the Obama Administrati ..... 
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Correction 7.14.14

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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In the July 7, edition of the Fillmore County Journal there were a few errors in the New owners at The Gateway in Wykoff article. Their Friday night fish fry includes fish, shrimp, and ribs. They no longer do chicken drummies on Friday night. And t ..... 
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The Affordable Care Act

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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By Dale J. Eppen The Affordable Care Act, the Democrats say one thing and the Republicans say another, so what is the truth? As a health insurance sales person for 38 years I have read editorial after editorial, and all I read is pooled ignorance ..... 
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Are we doomed to polarization?

By Lee Hamilton

Thu, Jul 10th, 2014
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We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing. The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. Polls in recent years detail a polarized nation, divided both ..... 
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