June 2010

The Nominee

How do you assess an individual for a position on the Supreme Court?  What criteria do you use?

Do you focus solely on their political philosophy – conservative vs. liberal? Do you look for someone who will interpret the Constitution literally, or do you believe … Read More

Hope, Love, Peace and Tomorrow

Edith Shain, the nurse who became something of an icon along with the sailor who kissed her in a very crowded Times Square on V-J Day in 1945, died last week.

Both the sailor and the nurse remained anonymous for years until Shain wrote a … Read More

Applying Judgment

“The primary purpose of journalism,” write Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel in their book, The Elements of Journalism, “is to provide citizens with information they need to be free and self-governing.”

However, the notion of a “free press” has taken on additional consequences with … Read More

Winston Churchill famously said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” I’m not sure exactly when he said that, but with the presence of the Internet, I’m positive the time frame has been reduced … Read More

Dog Days

Picking up my newspapers last Thursday, I’m walking back to the front door when a front page story on the Wall Street Journal grabs me by the throat – Little Dog Caught in Big Estate Feud. Is this the Journal or an accidental delivery … Read More

The Enron Defense

Watching BP CEO Tony Hayward respond to questions by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on oversight and investigations reminded me of Enron Chief Jeff Skilling’s testimony in February, 2002.

Skilling: Congressman, Enron Corporation was an enormous corporation. Could I have known everything going … Read More

In the talks that I’ve given to corporations, associations and schools, one of the best examples of corporate responsibility I talk about comes from former Johnson & Johnson CEO James Burke.

In the fall of 1982, seven people in the Chicago area had died after … Read More

Not Good Enough

Is there a national championship collegiate athletic program anywhere in the country that can truthfully say all of its recruiting was done entirely within the official guidelines?

That’s how Roger Ebert began his review of the 1994 Nick Nolte film Blue Chips. It’s a … Read More

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Jim’s Handy Resource Guide

From time to time, I’ve been asked about ethics resources and there are quite a few good ones out there. The Ethics Resource Center “is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization, dedicated to independent research that advances high ethical standards and practices in public and private … Read More