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Tom Purcell

All along, Google’s been Googling me

I thought Facebook knew too much about me, but it turns out Google is even worse.
Google, like Facebook, makes its money by targeting ads at us that reflect our interests and needs. The more both know about us, the better they’re able to target us with ads we’re likely to click.
But Google knows a lot more about me than I thought — plenty more than Facebook.
Since I created a Google account — I use Gmail and Google Docs for my rental-property business — I have freely provided Google with lots of personal information.

Michael Reagan

​Worthy asylum seekers – or not?

Earlier this week I was at an event that honored Malala Yousafzai.
Malala, in case you don’t recall, is the brave young school girl from a village in Pakistan who was nearly killed in 2012 by the Taliban.
She was just 15 when she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman for publicly speaking out for the right of all girls to receive a free, safe and quality education.
Malala, who became world famous while she lay in a coma for 10 days in a British hospital, was lucky to be given asylum in Britain with her family.

Peter Funt

A strategy for giving

In the emergency room and on the battlefield it’s easy to appreciate the wisdom of a triage system: those with the greatest need are helped first. But few of us, particularly the wealthy, apply that same type of thinking when it comes to making donations to charities.
December marks the height of the charity season, when Americans give the bulk of roughly $290 billion donated annually by individuals. Various studies have pointed to an overall increase in charitable giving in recent years, although new tax laws might adversely affect that trend.

John L. Micek

Will Trump listen to Lindsey Graham?

What got into Lindsey Graham?
Maybe it was the wave of nostalgia for an old school Washington brought on by the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush this week.
Or maybe it was the collective yearning for a simpler time when American presidents could walk 250 yards across the street to Blair House instead of taking a preposterous motorcade.

Public Notices Threatened

Print newspapers are still the primary way that tens of millions of Americans receive information about their communities and the world. They are also the way that many people find out about job opportunities. While we assume that everyone has an internet connection, the fact is that many areas of the country have limited or no internet service. According to the Federal Communications Commission, nearly 40 percent of Americans living in rural areas lack access to fixed broadband internet.

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