Hammerman On Ethics

12/09/2010 - 19:00 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Hammerman on Ethics

Q. Was the leaking of a trove of private diplomatic communications ethical? And once leaked, is it ethical for news organizations to publish them?

11/25/2010 - 19:00 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Hammerman on Ethics

Q. Has airport security crossed the line? Things were far less complicated back when only Superman had X-ray vision. As long as we stayed clear of the Daily Planet, we were in the clear. Now, with the new airport security measures, nothing is hidden anymore - not even our privates are private. Is this a good thing?

11/14/2010 - 19:00 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Hammerman on Ethics

Q - Is "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Ethical?

A. Since you're asking, I'll tell:  "Don't Ask,, Don't Tell" is unethical.

11/08/2010 - 19:00 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Hammerman on Ethics

Q:  My teacher thinks I plagiarized an essay, but I didn’t. True, I looked at Cliff Notes about the assigned book, Moby Dick, but I also read much of it and only used the notes as a guide. So what’s wrong with that?

10/28/2010 - 20:00 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Hammerman on Ethics

Q.  My daughter’s bat mitzvah will occur next December, and she is currently in 6th grade. Parents are encouraged to invite the entire Hebrew School class, but because the synagogue office has been giving out addresses by calendar year and not by grade, she is already getting a number of invitations from 7th graders whom she doesn’t know.

10/19/2010 - 20:00 | | Special to the Jewish Week | Hammerman on Ethics

 Q - Last spring I lent $200 to a woman who works at a midtown coffee shop near my office. I've gone in there every day for years and have gotten friendly with her - in fact, I know her whole life story and we are on a first name basis. When I lent her the money to pay for an emergency medical procedure, she promised to pay me back, although I had my doubts that she would be able to.

I went away over the summer and when I came back to the coffee shop I decided not to mention the loan and see what would happen. But when I went to pay for my coffee she smiled and waved me by and said, "It's on the house." This has now happened for a couple of weeks and I suspect she is giving me the freebies to pay off the loan. The problem is, she doesn't own the shop. What do I do?