As I’ve told you frequently, writing a newspaper column requires a lot of reading to find material to discuss. Some of what I pass along isn’t sufficient to warrant a whole column – they’re bits of information or wisdom I think are worthy to offer for your review. That’s what today’s column is about.
I’ve noticed area newspapers like to use the words “foul play” in connection with possible nefarious activity, such as a fire. Those aren’t quite the right words in such cases. Merriam-Webster defines “foul play” as violence, especially murder. The copy editors need to reacquaint themselves with the dictionary.
On more than one occasion, I’ve complained about charities and their overhead costs. When you donate to a charity, it makes good sense to check with charitynavigator.org to see how much of your donation goes for operating and fundraising costs, and what actually goes to support the organization’s mission. Most of your gift should go to program costs – 85 percent is a good number.