The tech industry finds more ways to tarnish its image

With Silicon Valley Bank's collapse and fallout, the public's patience with the tech industry is wearing thin.

Why tax-free Social Security doesn't make sense

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There are multiple legislative proposals to reduce or eliminate state income taxes on Social Security benefits.
Instead of cutting taxes for a narrow band of wealthier seniors, we should address the struggles of low- and middle-income seniors.

The meaning of Ramadan

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A Palestinian shopkeeper hangs Ramadan lanterns ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, in the West Bank city of Nablus in 2021
During this time, Muslims devote their time, attention ‎and ‎energy to serving God. But it's important to remember Muslims are a heterogeneous group with ‎‎diverse practices.

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