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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jun 30, 2009 Horses to the slaughter
QUOTE: U.S. horses are meeting gruesome ends abroad, while the debate rages on: Are horses 1,500 pounds of food or friend?
Salon May 28, 2009 Police Tasers: excessive force or necessary tool? A crop of legal cases across the US raise concerns over the use of electric stun guns in routine police stops.
QUOTE: the question is to what extent police may use a stun gun against someone who is not actively resisting arrest but who is passively refusing to obey a police command.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 20, 2008 A League of Her Own? (The Ethicist)
QUOTE: One of the Lions, a team in our recreational men’s soccer league, approached us officials about a female player on the Dream Center, the team they’d face next. Several of the Lions are Muslim, he said, and their religion forbids contact with a woman in this way, and they wanted to avoid the possibility of injuring her...Change the matchups to avoid the conflict? About a year ago, I purchased a Pomeranian for $1,500 from a friend who said he was moving and had to give up the dog...My children and I love the dog, but must we now try to find the original owners?
New York Times Jul 19, 2008 Cosmic Markdown: EPA Says Life Is Worth Less (Green)
QUOTE: Now, for the first time, the EPA has used this little-known process to devalue life, something that environmentalists say could set a scary precedent, making it seem that lifesaving pollution reductions are not worth the cost. "By reducing the value of human life, which is really a devious way of cooking the books, the perceived benefits of cleaning up the air seem less," said Frank O'Donnell of the District-based group Clean Air Watch. "That has the effect of weakening the case for pollution cleanup."
Washington Post Jul 18, 2008 Intellectual Dishonesty on Sex Bias? (TierneyLab)
QUOTE: Well, we have no shortage of debate material, thanks to the couple of hundred Lab readers who responded to my request for evidence of bias against women scientists (and my column.). Thanks for your contributions.
New York Times Jul 18, 2008 Paterson, at N.A.A.C.P., Warns of Racism’s Power
QUOTE: David A. Paterson, in his first major speech to a national audience since becoming governor of New York, said on Thursday that even as black Americans rejoice about the possibility that Senator Barack Obama could become president, they cannot lose sight of the serious social and economic ills that plague their community and should remain mindful of the racism that still exists.
New York Times Jul 17, 2008 In Grand Central’s Waiting Room, New Bathrooms Are Women-Only (City Room)
QUOTE: The officials of Metro-North Railroad are formally acknowledging that when it comes to bathrooms, separate but equal is not really equal at all: Women need more. The city signaled as much in 2005, when the City Council and the mayor approved legislation requiring arenas, theaters and nightclubs to have a female-to-male restroom facilities ratio of two to one.
New York Times Jul 10, 2008 Lessons Learned at School (The Ethicist)
QUOTE: A large portion of our grade for a course I am taking at a major business school is based upon group projects...Most of us have already turned in our final papers, so telling the professor about this would have no practical purpose, but it might teach this guy a lesson. Rat him out?  In leading a job search for my school, I read many résumés and conducted extensive phone interviews...While I am glad that she had her epiphany before we incurred yet more costs, we’re out the price of the ticket. Mustn’t she reimburse us?
New York Times Jul 03, 2008 New drive to ban race preferences
QUOTE: The American Civil Rights Institute (ACRI), led by Ward Connerly, is pushing the initiatives, which would change state constitutions to prohibit preferences based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the public realms of employment, education, and contracting. Similar ballot measures have succeeded in only three states: California in 1996 and later in Washington and Michigan.
Christian Science Monitor Jul 03, 2008 Hidden Doings (The Ethicist)
QUOTE: I trust that our somewhat intense relationship will remain platonic because he is married and I am in a committed long-term relationship...May we continue to see each other in this way? I am a student intern at a nonprofit theater. In researching a new play, an assigned task, I discovered that many passages were taken verbatim and without citation from various sources...I would like to alert the theater’s artistic director...Must I take that risk?
New York Times Jun 29, 2008 Payouts and Payoffs (The Ethicist)
QUOTE: My friend, a young artist at the start of his career, offered to sell me a 1 percent share in him for $9,000. I would receive a portion of his lifetime earnings but would have no say in the sort of work he did. This seems like a good deal for us both, but it does feel a bit like slavery. Is this agreement ethical?...I work for a company that refers patients to doctors...Is it ethical for doctors to develop leads this way? Is our exclusive-territory feature ethical?
New York Times Jun 08, 2008 Follow the Rules or the Message? (The Ethicist)
QUOTE: I am the president of the antidrug group at my high school. All members pledged not to use drugs or they would be kicked out, but I know that some of the most passionate and respected members have done so and laughed off their commitment to the group. Is it ethical to “tattle” on these people and basically destroy the existence of the group, or should we continue to preach a message that even some of us don’t believe in? — NAME WITHHELD, NEW YORK
New York Times Jun 04, 2008 Translation: A Foreign Concept? (Miss Manners)
QUOTE: In the family in which I was raised (my grandparents were immigrants to the United States), we were taught that it is impolite to speak in a foreign language in the presence of nonspeakers who are unable to understand what you are saying.
Washington Post May 23, 2008 When a Loan Is a Gift (The Ethicist)
QUOTE: My parents graciously offered to lend my wife and me the down payment for a home. While we can easily afford the mortgage payments, the bank wants all of us to sign a statement saying the money from my parents is a gift, not a loan, although the bank representative literally winked as he handed me the statement. I am reluctant to ask my parents to be dishonest, but isn’t everyone better off if this deal goes through?
New York Times May 18, 2008 Paying Off the Refs (The Ethicist)
QUOTE: I officiate youth hockey. In nonleague games, it is the coaches who pay the two officials. At one game, one team’s coach (whom I knew) paid the other official the normal fee but tucked away extra money for me. When my co-official asked if I had gotten the same wage, I said yes so he would not feel cheated. Was it ethical for this coach to pay me extra when the other official and I are the same age, have the same experience and both did the same amount of work?
New York Times May 11, 2008 Foreign Exchanges (The Ethicist)
QUOTE: A young woman wanted to send medicine to a friend in Mali who had malaria. If this woman’s physician father would declare, falsely, that the medicine was for her own use, she could obtain a full course of medicine for $10 through her insurance company rather than spend many times that, the cost to the uninsured, enabling her to send more of it to her friend: clever, altruistic and crooked.
New York Times Apr 19, 2008 Pine Away (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  I’m told it is illegal to propagate and sell [a Wollemi pine] tree because the N.G.S. has exclusive rights to it in the United States, but would I be unethical to do so?  We have had record avalanche fatalities this year from skiers who go outside ski-area boundaries...Should the service close these areas, temporarily or permanently, to protect the rescue teams?
New York Times Apr 04, 2008 The Cost of Cures (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  I want [my girlfriend] to deposit $1,000 in escrow, to be forfeited if she makes another false accusation [against me]. She does not like the idea. Is it ethical?  My sister is close to a girl in Mali who contracted malaria. Her family can’t afford the necessary medication, so my sister...wants our father, a doctor, to prescribe the medication to her...Who is right?
New York Times Mar 28, 2008 Doctor, Bully (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  The gynecologist I’ve seen for seven years has begun requiring patients to waive their right to a day in court...Is this policy ethical?  [A junior colleague] is deeply enamored of our supervisor, a happily married man. Do I factor in her unrequited emotions, a potential detriment to the course, or reply solely on her merits as a teacher?
New York Times Mar 21, 2008 The Ethicist: A Failing Grade
QUOTE:  Sometimes at the end of a semester a student asks me to raise a grade. Typically it is a student with children, who receives financial aid,...and risks losing these benefits if she receives the F she earned rather than the D I could bestow...Should I raise the grade?  I drive for an independent [limo] company. We tip the bell staff to call us if the contract company has no car handy...after all, it’s the contract company’s responsibility to have a car available. Right?
New York Times Mar 16, 2008 Too Much Homework (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  I serve on my neighborhood homeowners’ association. Recently we discussed a woman who provides day care for 6 to 10 kids, contrary to our covenants against running a home business...Is it ethical of us to close this woman’s business?  [During a triathlon] I was overtaken by a large group of cyclists riding together. I had two choices: slow down and let them pass me...or ride with them and break the rules. I chose the latter, and none of us were disqualified. Was this the right decision?
New York Times Mar 07, 2008 Tuition Break (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  I began saving for my two sons’ college education 18 years ago...May I ask my older son to share his remaining money with his brother?  My friend wants to run an ad in local weeklies: “Believe in Jesus? Please send $1” with the address of a post-office box where people can reply...Is her plan ethical?
New York Times Mar 02, 2008 A Doctor’s Notes (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  A life-insurance company rejected a patient of mine when it saw on his medical records, read with his consent, that he has used drugs recreationally...Should I include such things in patients’ records...?  At a spa, my girlfriend and I found two unoccupied lounge chairs...with towels and a bag placed on top by people who wished to reserve them...we used them...Was my behavior O.K.?
New York Times Feb 22, 2008 Flight Risk (The Ethicist)
QUOTE: ...One of us posted an electronic copy of [an out-of-print] book and invited others to download it and...send a check to the author. Ethical?  A student of mine mentioned that his father works at a hedge fund and his brother at another financial institution. My husband is seeking employment at similar institutions...May I ask this student for help?
New York Times Feb 15, 2008 Playing With Fire (The Ethicist)
QUOTE: Our small community of perhaps 60 homes lacks adequate fire protection...so some feel we should purchase our own...must we provide this equipment to those who did not share in its purchase?  My medical school makes video recordings of most lectures and puts them online...one professor withheld this useful study aid because attendance at his 8 a.m. lecture was low. Was it fair to deny us this tool meant to enhance our education?
New York Times Feb 09, 2008 Father and Sons
QUOTE:  My aging father needs a kidney transplant. A brother and I are willing donors, but I am a perfect blood match while he is only an acceptable match...Whose needs take precedence?  [I] scooped up someone’s lost flash drive, planning to mail it to its owner. A quick check showed that the drive contains a company’s proprietary information...What to do?
New York Times Jan 24, 2008 What Our Top Spy Doesn't Get: Security and Privacy Aren't Opposites
QUOTE: We've been told we have to trade off security and privacy so often...that most of us don't even question the fundamental dichotomy...But it's a false one...The debate isn't security versus privacy. It's liberty versus control.
Wired Jan 11, 2008 The Right Hires
QUOTE:  To afford to start a new business, I must use low-cost foreign manufacturers, some of whom likely maintain unsafe working conditions...Is it wrong to start my business in this way?  I am a graduate student and hire undergraduate field assistants... We only accept people over 5-foot-5...Is height a legitimate job criterion?
New York Times Jan 04, 2008 The Ethicist: Expensive Boo-Boo
QUOTE: [My husband's] physician prescribed the wrong antibiotic. The insurance company, recognizing the mistake, refused to cover the prescription’s $573 cost... I think our doctor should reimburse us...You?  A friend asked me to oversee her small restaurant while she was on vacation, emphasizing my being her eyes and ears. Well, those eyes saw $80 in cash paid to a server who neither put the money in the register nor filed the check. May I settle this with the server discreetly, or must I tell the owner?
New York Times Dec 28, 2007 The Ethicist: Seminal Revelation
QUOTE:  My fiancé received a letter at his office from a woman claiming to be the product of his sperm donation nearly 20 years ago...Was it ethical of her to obtain his name and business address? Must he reply?  My husband’s company provides him with a business-class airplane ticket for trips to China. His 70-year-old father is joining him on his next business trip...Would it be wrong for my husband to give his father his business-class seat?
New York Times Dec 02, 2007 Minding the Store (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  Occasionally we get phone calls [in our liquor store] from distressed people asking us not to sell their loved ones any liquor or wine because of alcohol abuse. How should we respond?  If...nurses believe in [alternative] treatments, may they tell the patient they are effective?
New York Times Nov 11, 2007 Garden of Vandals (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  Some local fifth graders vandalized our town’s voluntarily financed, old and prestigious organic garden...Do their wealthy parents have an obligation to pay for these repairs?  My [sister] has long received financial help from our parents...May I ask them to make a reckoning of their aid to my sister...so that overall, she and I receive equal amounts?
New York Times Oct 28, 2007 Wet Work (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  Is it ethical to order food for delivery during a thunderstorm?  My two college-age daughters [each paid] half the cost [of a trip to France]. Daughter No. 1 used money she earned at a part-time job. Daughter No. 2 used money she received by subletting her apartment, for which her dad and I pay the rent...  My college newspaper ran an opinion article supporting a professor who had not been rehired...the professor asked us to remove the article from our archive for two years. Should we?
New York Times Oct 21, 2007 Milkshake Misdeed? (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  My 71-year-old father lives in a nursing home...and is tube-fed...Now that I see he will eat whatever he wants, I’m inclined to give it to him. Am I more compassionate or less ethical? My son and daughter-in-law paid a rabbi in advance to officiate at their wedding...I say that she did not do the job and so should not collect a fee. Right?
New York Times Oct 14, 2007 Dirty Money? (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  I recently discovered that my ex-roommate had been working as a prostitute and sometimes paid me the rent with money earned that way...Must I accept (and keep) rent money regardless of its source?  My fiancée took three pairs of shoes to the valet service in our building to be sent out to be resoled. The service lost the shoes [and reimbursed us]...the shoes were miraculously found, and the valet service asked us to refund their [money]. Must we?
New York Times Oct 07, 2007 Patient Prejudice (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  A patient came to the E.R. where I work, and a nurse gave him a preliminary evaluation. When the patient saw my name, he refused to be examined by a Muslim doctor...I discharged the patient without a full evaluation. Was I right?  A formerly married couple belongs to our congregation...Do we have an obligation to intervene on [the wife's] behalf?
New York Times Sep 30, 2007 College Daily’s Vulgarity Is Now Free-Speech Issue
QUOTE: On the campus of Colorado State University, opinion is divided over whether a terse editorial that ran in the student newspaper on Sept. 21 was an exercise of free speech or immature judgment.
New York Times Sep 30, 2007 Test Prep or Perp? (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  [My friend's] father, a psychiatrist, gave him Adderall to help him take the [LSAT's]. I asked if he could share some with me, and he said that would be unethical. Is it? Isn’t his dad’s giving him the Adderall unethical?  One of my advisees...works as a campus rep for an energy drink...When my advisee told her professor that she felt uneasy discussing such programs with her employer’s competitor, he did agree to keep her paper private. Did he handle this properly?
New York Times Sep 23, 2007 Bad Business (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  I inadvertently left two such entries, whiny but not vitriolic, on my computer at my former job, criticizing a decision by my boss...[she]...now says I may not use her as a reference. Ethical?  My business partner and I signed personally for the cost of some equipment we bought for our company...my now ex-partner was billed for the balance of those equipment payments. He feels I owe him half. Do I?
New York Times Sep 16, 2007 Cellphone Naughtiness (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  At a company meeting, I saw a colleague use his cellphone camera to film under the skirt of an unsuspecting female colleague...What should I do?  I’m working as a contractor on a project my client says should take a week to 10 days, for which I’m to bill by the hour...May I drag out the work to the duration the client expects, or must I finish quickly and suffer the loss of pay?
New York Times Sep 09, 2007 Used Goods (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  I am a public-school teacher. Years ago a school official had us place all old computers in the hall for trash collection...may I sell them and donate the proceeds to charity?  ...Is it ethical to resell donated items when our children would like the books and toys, too?
New York Times Sep 02, 2007 A Soldier’s Gift (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  My now-ex-boyfriend gave me a 10-year-old car before he deployed to Iraq. I no longer need it...May I sell it and keep the money?  As I drove to a stop at a traffic light, a man in an [EMT ] truck used his P.A. system to scold me...Isn’t it an abuse of authority for an E.M.T. volunteer to use his P.A. system like this when not in the line of duty?
New York Times Sep 01, 2007 As 9/11 Nears, How Much Tribute Is Enough?
QUOTE: Each year, murmuring about Sept. 11 fatigue arises, a weariness of reliving a day that everyone wishes had never happened. It began before the first anniversary of the terrorist attack. By now, though, many people feel that the collective commemorations, publicly staged, are excessive and vacant, even annoying.
New York Times Aug 27, 2007 Sexual Politics (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  During a first date with another lawyer, we had sex...if I report her lapse of sexual ethics, I doubt that the selection committee will pick her [for a judgeship]. Should I?  I work for a large bookstore and often process mail orders from prison inmates...May I decline to handle their orders, or must I treat all my prisoners the same?
New York Times Aug 22, 2007 Iraq Blackouts Get Worse, Fuel Anger
MSNBC Aug 19, 2007 Foul Call (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  At my son’s Little League game, a foul ball sailed over the fence and shattered the window of a parked car...One parent argued that the hitters family should replace the window. Our family thinks the player and his parents have no such obligation...Who is right?  A journalism major at college, I was delighted to land an internship at a national magazine...My editor asked me to post comments on one of the magazine’s online blogs...in a style that suggests I’m a reader. Advice?
New York Times Aug 12, 2007 Visiting Justice (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  [My sister-in-law] has invited my wife and me to an overnight visit at her new boyfriend's house...My wife says it is not for us to judge. Should we visit her and her cohabiter du jour?  Two years ago, I lived in Singapore, and my apartment was robbed...[the robber's] sentence seems excessive and the caning barbaric. I want to appeal for mercy on his behalf, but must I accept Singaporean justice?
New York Times Aug 05, 2007 Deal Redo (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  An older gentleman asked my father-in-law, Steve...to evaluate a gold coin. Steve discovered that the coin could be worth five or six times his original estimate. Must he seek out the former owner and renegotiate?  My wife and I bought a condominium and were dismayed to learn that our downstairs neighbor’s snoring is so loud that our entire bedroom shakes...Now we are debating whether to sell our apartment.
New York Times Jul 27, 2007 The Ethicist: Online Cry for Help
QUOTE: ...A young man e-mailed me saying that his mom beats him up...Should I advise forum moderators, who have his personal information?  At the medical school I attend, we were assigned sites for [a] course, some of which are an hour’s drive away. We are permitted to trade sites among ourselves. One student offered $50 for a swap. The deans threatened him with an official letter of unprofessional conduct, although he violated no explicit rule. Was he unethical to offer to pay for an easier commute?
New York Times Jun 24, 2007 Press the Stop Button (The Ethicist)
QUOTE:  For a project on ethnographic research, one of my fellow graduate students wanted to film people in a campus elevator without their knowledge or consent. I think this is an invasion of privacy...Who is right?  My nanny recently told me that she takes antipsychotic medication for a bipolar disorder...should I dismiss her to protect my children?
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