Let's get rich by browsing the Web, right?

Posted February 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm

By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

Money, money, money. It’s a subject of never-ending interest. How do we get more, save more and earn more on what we have?

The Internet is the solution. At least it must be, considering the number of emails that flood my mailbox offering one get-rich scheme after the other. Thank the gods for the delete key.

But one caught my eye today. It came from Fox News. Really? Fox News is in the employment business? Well, it does adore wealth and capitalism, so maybe it is helping the rest of us get rich. Maybe.

I just had to click on the link. I couldn’t help myself.

There to greet me was a

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    Anti-Obamacare commercial gives only part of the story

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Poor Emilie. This week the sad-faced blonde caught my attention on a CNN commercial that depicts her grim tale of losing her health insurance after the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare) took effect.

    I admit that I have not been too impressed with Obamacare. Some aspects are certainly good. Who wouldn’t want to see the cap on lifetime expenses removed and insurance companies prohibited from denying coverage to people with preexisting conditions?

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    Rural residents are trapped in propane hell

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    I dreamed last night that I was surrounded by cords and cords of dry, split firewood stretching as far as the eye could see while I gaily tossed a few pieces in the fire box and grinned in satisfaction as the flames roared to life.

    Are you trapped in propane hell? I feel your pain. On Monday we filled our tank at home at $2.29 a gallon. Four days later, when I called for a fill at the office, the

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    Small-town communities have advantage of knowing their communities

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    If you thought Amazon’s idea of delivering packages with mini-drones was kind of creepy, then you’re going to love its latest patent: it’s called “anticipatory shipping.”

    In a delicious bit of irony, Amazon filed for the patent on Christmas Eve. It’s not as though you will suddenly think that you need a toaster, and then Amazon will automatically pop one in the mail, but it’s close. With the magic of computers, Amazon believes that it can determine from your

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    Proposed state law bad for the worker

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    If you feel like things are going downhill for the common person, then welcome to the Wisconsin Legislature. In its latest scheme to return us to the 19th century, a bill is now circulating to allow retail and manufacturing employees to work seven days a week.

    Lucky you. If you love putting nuts on bolts or shoving hamburgers across the counter at the convenience store five days a week, why not do it seven days a

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    2013: A recap

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Now you see it, now you don’t. 2013 has come and gone, and if you are over 50, you may be thinking, “How in the heck did we get here?”

    And if you are like me – so old you can’t recall what happened 10 minutes ago, not to mention a year past ­- here is a reminder of some of the big and small events of 2013.

    1) Ontario residents,who never want anything

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    The late Pete Hutchens embodied quiet charity

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    “Grip and grin” photos are what we in the media cynically refer to as the check-passing photos in which good deeds are recognized. There is no room for photographic creativity. One looks the same as the other, with only the people changing. Some newspapers despise them, and a few even refuse to do them. I don’t mind recognizing good deeds in the hope that it will inspire others.

    I never took a grip-and-grin photo of Pete Hutchens of Ontario, who

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    Christmas is time to return to Whoville

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Many of us have Christmas traditions. Perhaps it is an ornament that evokes special memories, a sweet treat we whip up only for the holidays, or the care we take in choosing just the right Christmas card.

    As for me, I can’t allow the Christmas season to slip by without at least one viewing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” You may think I am in my dotage

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    Are you ready for drone delivery?

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    The arrival of the Brown Santa (the UPS man) with a Christmas package reminded me that his cheerful face might one day be replaced by a drone swooping down to the office and depositing my orders.

    In case you missed it, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced on “60 Minutes” recently that the company is developing a method of using small drones to deliver packages. Evidently not content to drive every book and music store in the world out of business, Bezos has now set his sights on

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    Fast-food workers deserve better

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    It’s amazing how the oddest events can make your day. On Wednesday I pulled through the drive-up window at Burger King in Sparta, and the young woman handed me a white envelope with the words “nice lady’s change” written on it.

    Eh?

    Then she reminded me that last week I had fumbled a pass from the window and dropped the bag. I recalled she had been mortified and insisted she would make a new

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