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The biblical basis of charity

In the 1960s, bosses made just 40 times the average worker’s pay; today, they make 257 times that of the average worker, says columnist Oliver Thomas. America’s faith traditions have much to say about financial inequality. The Bible insists followers have to renounce their possessions to follow Christ; the Jewish tradition forbids charging interest and forgives all outstanding debts every seventh year; and the Quran warns about the dangers of greed. Those who are lucky to do well should remember, pigs get fat; hogs get slaughtered. Read the column.

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Obamacare ruling ignores Congress’ intent

A federal appeals court dealt ruled that participants in health exchanges run by the federal government in 34 states are not eligible for billions of dollars in tax subsidies today. If upheld, what would that mean for the Affordable Care Act? Our view.

Behavior science can make food more attractive

Small changes such as putting fruit in colorful bins, adding cartons of milk to the same cooler as soda, or renaming healthy meal options can entice children to select healthy foods and buy more school lunches, say columnists David Just and Brian Wansink. You can lead a child to fruits and vegetables, which the 2010 school lunch standards have made great strides in doing, but you can’t make a child eat them. Better marketing for nutritious food options is a low-cost way to improve a child’s meal. Read the column.

Behavior science can make food more attractive

Small changes such as putting fruit in colorful bins, adding cartons of milk to the same cooler as soda, or renaming healthy meal options can entice children to select healthy foods and buy more school lunches, say columnists David Just and Brian Wansink. You can lead a child to fruits and vegetables, which the 2010 school lunch standards have made great strides in doing, but you can’t make a child eat them. Better marketing for nutritious food options is a low-cost way to improve a child’s meal. Read the column.

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MH17 coverup concerns

The U.N Security Council voted Monday for an international investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Our readers debated Russia’s reaction and the mishandling of evidence on the ground in Ukraine.
If people controlling the crash site had nothing to hide, why would they delay letting people investigate, asks one reader. Vladimir Putin, by first sending weapons to the separatist rebels and then apparently opting for a coverup about the downing of the plane, has painted himself into a corner, said another reader. However, there is no evidence to suggest it was an intentional strike against a civilian airliner, which should not have chosen to fly over a war zone, said a third reader.

What do you think of the handling of the plane crash investigation? #tellusatoday