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  • Online scams often start with deals too good to be true

    Online shopping can be a nice convenience and it’s becoming increasingly more popular, especially during the holidays.If you’ve been looking for a fancy new gadget as a holiday gift for yourself or someone else, you might be tempted with an online ad touting a high-tech item, at an amazingly low price. Just remember the old adage: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”Here’s what some scammers are up to. You discover a website that sells new high-end or high-tech items for deeply-discounted prices.You want to buy it, but you’re not familiar with this retailer. So you do some research and find other satisfi ed customers have posted positive reviews about them.Scammers realize that bad reviews will scare people away. So they themselves will post several positive-but-fake reviews about the retailer.These positive-but-fake reviews help you feel assured that the retailer is safe to do business with. So, you decide to take the bait.

  • Lesko lists priorities in state Senate

    Thank you for re-electing me to the Arizona State Senate.I am truly blessed to have the support of so many great people and to work at a job where I can make a positive difference in our state and nation.Our legislative session starts on Jan. 9. I am honored that I have been named Senate President Pro-Tempore and Senate Appropriations Chairman.I will also serve as chairman of the Joint Committee on Capital Review, Vice Chairman of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and a member of the Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.In 2017, my priority will be to balance the state budget in a way that provides good quality services to the people in our state, but also ensures that government lives within its means.I also plan to continue my work on pension reform. In 2016, my legislation reformed the firefighter and police pension plan, savings taxpayers’ millions.

  • Lesko should stop trying to control all

    Why do people like Ms. Lesko continue to try and control others’ lives?The truth is Proposition 205 was defeated by a mere .2 percent. Her statement that a vast majority of “her” constituents who contacted her were adamantly opposed to it is obviously unverifiable. All the other states who had it on the ballot voted to approve the measure.The real truth is that decriminalization is about 50 years past due. Our prison system, as well as our legal system, has spent millions of dollars imprisoning people for the use of marijuana while there is never been any medical proof whatsoever that it leads to “harder drugs.” In fact, our prison system has thousands, if not millions, of documented “violent” crimes committed while under the influence of alcohol but not one committed by someone who had smoked pot. Many crimes such as domestic violence committed by individuals under the influence go unreported.She should drive by a medical marijuana dispensary here in Sun City one weekend. She will see the people who are obtaining this “medically proven” natural healing product are the same “seniors” here in Sun City, as well as everyday Americans, that she claims are “adamantly” opposed to it. People in business suits, work clothes and golf shorts, not hippies and drug addicts patronize these businesses.I am not writing this because I use marijuana — I don’t — but because we are tired of narrow-minded people who continue to claim to speak for all of us.J. Dumais

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