April 2009

Mr. Specter’s Choice

The big political news on both the Internet and cable channels was not President Obama’s “First 100 Days.”  It was the announcement from the five-term former Republican Senator from Pennsylvania.

“In a stunning turnabout in political loyalties,” the New York Times reported, “Senator Arlen Specter … Read More

President Obama has called for “a new era of responsibility… Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”  Last week he pointed to “a confidence gap, when it comes to the American people… [and said] we’ve got to earn their … Read More

Separated at Birth, Part II

Here we go again! What’s the difference between Somali pirates and credit card executives? If you ask a growing number of Americans – many of whom have been hit with higher interest rates recently – not much.

According to a Fox News report (Apr. … Read More

Why Be Ethical?

A weekend conversation with a friend prompted the following: “Why be ethical?  What’s the payoff?” The standard fall-back:  “Virtue is its own reward.”

Another might be the adage by Louis Armstrong when asked the definition of Jazz: “If you have to ask… you’ll never know.”… Read More

The Incredible Power of Stories

Occasionally, someone will ask, “Why do you use stories to give us the message?  Why not cut to the chase and just give us the message?”

Stan Williams’s excellent book, The Moral Premise: Harnessing Virtue and Vice for Box-Office Success was written with that … Read More

Separated at Birth

What do octuplets’ mom Nadya Suleman and former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich have in common? They both share a desperate/obsessive need for drama played out in the media.

Wednesday, the embattled Blagojevich pleaded not guilty to 16 federal criminal counts stemming from a variety of … Read More

Whose Interests?

What’s the definition of a public servant? You would think that it means an individual who is elected or appointed to serve the public.  But apparently, that’s not a definition embraced by former Republican Senator Norm Coleman.

Last Monday, (April 13) a three-judge panel in … Read More

An Innocent Man

“Some people hope for a miracle cure
Some people just accept the world as it is
But I’m not willing to lay down and 
Because I am an innocent man…”
            – Billy Joel, “Innocent Man,” 1983

Considering the “cure” that happened last week when … Read More

April 2009 Ethical Hero – Sue Adams

Anyone who has ever had to deal, firsthand, with the affects of Alzheimer’s disease, knows how it slowly robs the person affected of their heart and soul. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and fatal brain disease that affects as many … Read More

Nothing Else Matters

On page A-18 of Thursday’s (April 9) print edition of the New York Times, three of the four stories on that page were about ethics:

“New Scrutiny of Other Alaska Corruption Cases” “Director of Ethics Office Is Replaced at Justice Department” “Congressional Ethics Office… Read More