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Viewpoint: Many scams come through email

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Do you believe everything you read on the Internet and all the e-mails you receive daily?  We suggest you don't believe anything you read, without double- checking the claims.

I received one today, regarding the Congressional Reform Act of 2012. There were a lot of accusations about members of congress concerning health care and pensions that are just not true.

Yet, folks are getting riled up about the untrue facts set forth in the e-mail.

I have been getting e-mails and phone calls for years asking me why NBC banned US flag lapels pins, for all their on-air talent. Then I heard the same about ABC.

That is simply not true, but the e-mail that lays out, that non-"fact", continues to circle the globe and gets republished as the absolute truth, every few months.

One quick way to double-check your e-mails, before you pass bad information on to others, is check it out on Snopes.com, a good source for urban legends, rumors, and misinformation.

In this age of bias, partisanship and uninvited rants, made easy by the internet, beware of what you read...

So many people on the far left and right are determined to keep us from finding civility and compromise in our political system.

Be sure and find out the truth for yourselves.