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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Working without a map

By Randy A. Salas


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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) Web Search's answer to a recent reader question about finding the coordinates of a property online led to a good follow-up clarification by a county official in the know.

When readers Betty and Gary Dagen wrote to ask how they could find the coordinates to their township property in Otter Tail County, Minn., to enter into their GPS system, I turned to Google Maps Mania (googlemapsmania. blogspot.com). Its owner, Mike Pegg, suggested using ACME Mapper 2.0 (mapper.acme.com) to obtain a satellite view of the property and click on its corners to get the coordinates -- something the Dagens said they had been unable to get from the county.

That answer didn't sit well with Thomas Veenker, land survey coordinator for Aitkin County, Minn. A registered land surveyor, he criticized the information as being misleading to the general public.

"You cannot get accurate coordinates for your property corners from the mapping database quoted," he said in an e-mail.

He said he gets the same question -- "Can you give me the coordinates (latitude/longitude) of my property corners so I can take my handheld GPS receiver and find them?" -- from property owners every day. His answer is always no.

"By giving your readers the impression they can do this is probably going to cause many property-line disputes," he continued. "It would take a lengthy response to explain exactly why this is the case, but basically there are too many 'built-in' inaccuracies in a 'mapping' database and the fact that one's handheld GPS unit is not accurate enough."

I asked Jef Poskanzer, who created ACME Mapper, what he thought about the issue. He replied that Veenker makes a good point but that the reason he alludes to is wrong.

"Property boundaries are not defined in terms of longitude and latitude," Poskanzer said. "In general, property boundaries are defined by a distance and direction from a landmark such as a surveying monument.

"It is certainly possible to take these legal definitions from your deed, do some trigonometry and come up with longitude/latitude coordinates. However, that still won't be the legal property boundary."

So, the lesson here is not to use online mapping tools as legally binding applications but as the helpful aids they are intended to be, a sentiment echoed by Google Map Mania's Pegg in a follow-up e-mail.

"I suppose I should have suggested that people use this data as anecdotal and not to use the data provided as 100 percent accurate," Pegg said.

But he also admitted that he likes the fact that government agencies are concerned with the use of online mapping, especially if some people are turning to such websites out of frustration with bureaucratic channels.

"If there's something these mapping applications are doing, it's pushing the envelope for government-provided services," he said. "If it wakes them up a bit, good!"

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Randy A. Salas is a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Do you have a favorite Web site or a question about how to find something on the Internet? Send a note by clicking here.



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