June 2014

The “R” Word

In a move that surprised many, last week the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office cancelled six federal trademark registrations for the name the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is “disparaging to Native Americans.”

In an story authored by Travis Waldron for ThinkProgress, a … Read More

Slippery Slope?

According to the Center for Public Integrity (June 20), Supreme Court justices averaged $250,000 last year in addition to their courtly salaries: $244,400 for associate justices; $255,500 for the chief justice.

“Top earner Justice Antonin Scalia,” the Center writes, “raked in more than $100,000 in … Read More

To Eat or Not to Eat

There are many issues – ethical and otherwise – that we could be spending more time considering, but… this question caught the attention and response of thousands of New York Times‘ readers, (May 3, 2012).

Ariel Kaminer, who writes The Ethicist column in the Sunday … Read More

Trust and the Media

There’s a moment in the long and distinguished career of Walter Cronkite that remains indelible in the minds of Baby Boomers.

On November 22, 1963, in the midst of newsroom chaos, the CBS News anchor had interrupted a daytime soap opera with a special bulletin … Read More

The Ethical Take

From Martha and Macy’s to mayhem in Brazil then back to my favorite CEO, let’s take a look. Nothing to Smile About, Now – Why is Martha smiling? Simple, she was on the stand last year arguing that a deal to sell Martha Stewart branded … Read More

Trust vs. Willful Blindness

Last January General Motors new president Mary Barra released a statement of values entitled, Winning with Integrity, Our Values and Guidelines for Employee Conduct. In the introduction, Barra writes, “During the last few years, we have aggressively pursued a competitive advantage in every aspect … Read More

The Fabulosity of His Presence

My trainer Steve and I have a special relationship. I share ethical observations with him and he shares his considerable wisdom with me. I stopped during a session once to point out: “It’s not just what you say, Steve, it’s how supremely confident you are … Read More

Two Gentlemen in Paris

It’s easy to succumb to cynicism from the recent ethics-related scandals causing one to lose sight of everyday acts of civility. At the end of the men’s final at this year’s French Open, Rafael Nadal stood on the podium to accept the top prize and … Read More

The “O” Word

With the conservative political activist Koch brothers in the news questions of political influence always come up: Do the rich call the shots? Has the United States become more of an oligarchy – a power structure that rests primarily with the elite few – than … Read More

Donald Sterling, Part ?

Alzheimer’s is a disease that robs an individual of their personality one piece at a time. Particularly insidious is the fact that some of the personality traits that once appeared as petty irritations of life, can grow to become acts of shocking intolerance.

This brings … Read More