Recent Commentaries

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Trust without ethics?
The sub-head for a story in the Wall Street Journal caught my attention recently: “Companies spend a lot of time focusing on ethical behavior. But that’s not where the crisis is.” Author of the book, The Decision to Trust, Dr. Robert Hurley, professor at New York’s Fordham University amplifies his sub-head with the following: “Infamous frauds and financial crises have wrecked the public’s...
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October 31, 2011
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The Obameter
Politifact, the Pulitzer Prize winning fact-check group has carefully kept track of all 508 campaign promises made by then candidate Obama. Politifact breaks them down into the following categories: “Promises Kept,” “Compromised,” “Promises Broken,” “Stalled,” “In the Works” and “Not yet rated.” According to Politifact, President Obama has kept 151 promises; among them: Establish a Credit Card Bill of Rights; Expand loan programs for...
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October 28, 2011
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Rodeo Round-up, Washington Style
Yee-Haa! That’s right, boys and girls it’s time once again for anotherPolitifact Rodeo Round-up. Who’s shootin’ straight and who’s fibbin’ from the lip. First out of the chute is the round-up’s most sensational newcomer, Herman “Yes, we” Cain. Of  21 statements checked, Politifact rated 14% as Mostly True, 19% Half True, 14% Mostly False, 43% False and 10% Pants-on-Fire.  » Read more about: Rodeo...
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October 26, 2011
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An American Master
Writers are, for the most part, invisible to the public. Sure there are those exceptions who have used their talent to stand in the spotlight, but Norman Corwin was more focused on his craft than the attention. Corwin was not just extraordinary with words; he was master of radio, stage and screen. Such a master of radio drama, that Orson...
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October 24, 2011
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October 2011 Ethical Hero – Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba
Former Mayor of Hiroshima Tadatoshi Akiba is one of the most prominent leaders in the campaign to abolish nuclear weapons. During his three terms as Mayor from 1999 to 2011, he served as President of Mayors for Peace and oversaw its expansion from 440 members to nearly 5,000, uniting mayors in more than 100 countries for the launch of its...
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October 12, 2011
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Okay gang, I really need your patience. After undergoing shoulder surgery, I thought the recovery would be easier. It’s not. While it’s painful to type it’s also holding back my recovery time. I ask that you revisit the following previous commentaries until I can be back soon. I’m hoping for sometime in the next 10 days or so. America at...
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October 5, 2011
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That Smile
As of September 26th of this year, Serena Williams was ranked number 14 in the world in women’s tennis. Unfortunately, her behavior of late would rank much higher. “…Williams behavior at the U.S. Open this year and two years ago can only be described as utterly disgraceful,” wrote one reader to the New York Times. “…Williams is a spoiled individual...
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October 3, 2011