At this time of the year, a lot of us resolve to get more exercise and get in shape. Many join health and fitness clubs, believing that the facilities - and the financial commitment of membership - may finally supply the motivation to get fit and stay fit.
After writing often about identity theft mostly as a consumer nightmare, it dawned on me recently why I find the topic irksome as well as scary. It's the role of the $3 billion-a-year ID-theft-protection industry - which includes companies that sell credit monitoring as "protection" from a crime that, wearing another hat, they fuel.
Dear Mayor Nutter, I hear you've been pretty busy with this St. Peter's on the Parkway business, so I hate to distract you. But someday soon, His Holiness will be heading home to Rome, the leaves in Fairmount Park will start to turn, and Pennsylvania might even have a budget. You'll be ready to plow into your final months.
Jeff Gelles covers consumer and technology topics for the Inquirer and writes the weekly Consumer 14.0 and Tech Life columns for The Inquirer. He welcomes comments in this blog as well as calls and e-mails about consumers' concerns. Contact him at 215-854-2776 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jeffgelles.