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Is puffery ethical in an interview?

I was looking at a cereal box while I munched on the goodness of oats. The box proclaimed that the cereal was “heart-healthy.” Since the cereal was pure oats, instead of a lot of sugar with a few oats thrown in, the claim was plausible.

1 month 1 week ago

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Aspiring entrepreneur hopes to make killing, gets shamed

You may recall a recent news story and photo of a young, enterprising man with a garage full of toilet paper, hand sanitizers, and other merchandise. This was early in March, and he decided to invest money in items that might escalate in value. Although there was a “run” on toilet paper, the young man certainly did not “corner the market” on these commodities. He broke no laws or used any inside political advantage. Other people were free to stuff their garages with toilet paper and hand sanitizers.

4 months 1 week ago

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Forgive us our debts?

A trendy idea circulating on the political left is student-loan debt forgiveness. For some graduates and non-graduates, student loans are, indeed, onerous.

6 months 2 weeks ago

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Wealthy Hoarders—American style

Recently I’ve seen a spate of posts on Facebook—granted not the most veracious of mediums—bemoaning rich Americans’ penchant for “hoarding” their wealth.

6 months 2 weeks ago

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In praise of cost cutting

Major American airlines are notorious for squeezing more passengers onto their planes. The image of sardines in a can is apt. Passengers, of course, whine. Pundits, consumer advocates, and legislators are outraged and claim airlines are only interested in increasing profits.

6 months 3 weeks ago

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Billionaires should not exist

The title is a quote from Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Apparently he used to say, “Millionaires shouldn’t exist,” but given that he is now a millionaire thanks to his books, he has altered his slogan.

7 months 2 days ago

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