November 2008

We’ve all heard the expression, “Let the punishment fit the crime”?  Well, for one Colorado judge it couldn’t be more apt!

“After seeing so many people return for repeat noise offending,” Reuters news service reported, “Paul Sacco, a judge at Fort Lipton Municipal Court, will … Read More

Nurses Do It Better

The Gallup organization’s annual Honesty and Ethics poll gave nurses the highest ranking out of twenty-one professions for the seventh straight year!

“Eighty-four percent of Americans,” Gallup reported, “call their honesty and ethical standards either ‘high’ or ‘very high.’…” This speaks directly to the issue … Read More

What Americans Want Most

Working with the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion and Public Life, and the help of pollster John Zogby, we put a three question, post-election survey into the field on November 5th and 6th:

1.  What one or two qualities Read More

Memo Too…

Everyone and their brother is giving advice to President-elect Barack Obama these days.  (Mine was put forth in a letter addressed to both candidates the day before the election.)

Listening to NPR’s “Morning Edition” yesterday, correspondent Steve Inskeep reported that Phyllis Palmer’s kindergarten class (not … Read More

Ethics and Religion – Part II

Continuing my conversation with Rabbi Rami Shapiro. How do you get people to look for the deeper, ethical insight in their beliefs?

“I usually pull up all the stuff in the Bible that makes no sense, ethically. “A lot of people like to talk about … Read More

In Conversation – Rabbi Rami Shapiro

Rabbi Chananya ben Akashya said: “To bring Truth to humankind,
Reality creates Sages
who carry it into the world.
The Sages of Israel carry it as Torah. “To carry Torah into the world,
The Sages ordain mitzvot:
Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly…”

Rabbi Rami … Read More

What Will it Take?

Yesterday, three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals rejected Democratic Congressman William Jefferson’s argument to dismiss a 16-count indictment stemming from bribery and conspiracy charges.

(JimsNotes:  Jefferson is the Louisiana congressman who was videotaped by the FBI receiving $100,000 in cash as … Read More

November 2008 Ethical Hero – Peter Westbrook

Peter Westbrook is an Olympic medal-winning fencer who sees an inextricable connection between being your best and being compassionate. Although his principle and story are straightforward, his journey through anger and pain to compassion is a remarkable example for all of us to strive to … Read More

This Just In…

John Podesta, transition co-chair for President-elect Obama, announced new ethics guidelines regarding lobbyists and the transition team.

According to a report from The Fix, a political blog written by Chris Cillizza on, Podesta called the new ethics rules an example of “the most … Read More

Peace in Our Time

“The most important thing to understand about nuclear weapons is this:  these weapons do not and cannot provide physical protection to their possessors.”

These are the opening words from a written appeal by David Krieger addressed to the next president of the United States. Last … Read More