Recent Integrity Commentaries

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Sophomore English
Ethics is not about what we say or what we intend, it’s about what we do. This is the heart of integrity – demonstrating a consistency between ethical principle and practice. Who we are is never more clearly revealed than in the daily moments of our lives. How we respond to some of those moments reveals whether we stand up for...
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July 31, 2009
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First 100 Days of the ‘New Era of Responsibility’
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 trust.” So, when it comes to responsibility and openness, how is Mr. Obama doing?  Is...
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April 27, 2009
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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 Opens Inquiry into Rep. Jackson”         I typed “ethics” into The Washington Post search engine and...
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April 10, 2009
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How Do We Restore America’s Integrity?
Halfway through the Jim Carrey movie, The Majestic, the story takes a sharp turn away from romantic comedy to a drama that examines one man facing a moment of principle. Blacklisted writer Peter Appleton must choose between reading a pre-arranged statement that provides a list of communist sympathizers or take a stand against the Committee on Un-American Activities and stand for the second amendment.  » Read...
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April 6, 2009
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Integrity Matters
“How does the court have confidence that the Public Integrity Section has public integrity?” That was the question Judge Emmet G. Sullivan asked last October in the face of prosecutorial misconduct by attorneys from the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section in the corruption case of former Alaska Republican Senator Ted Stevens. In a front page story in the New York Times (April...
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April 3, 2009
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Here’s the Beef – Part II
“We are committed to: “Integrity – We will conduct ourselves with integrity in our dealings with and on behalf of the [organization]. “Excellence – We will conscientiously strive for excellence in our work. “Accountability – We will be accountable as individuals and as members of this community for our ethical conduct and for compliance with applicable laws and [organizational] policies and directives.  » Read more about: Here’s...
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March 6, 2009
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A Way of Life
News stories regarding a lack of integrity appear far too often. But what does it mean to have integrity? One of the best commentaries on the subject comes from former Commandant of the Marine Corps and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Charles Krulak in an inspiring speech he presented to the Joint Services Conference on Professional Ethics in 2000. “We...
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February 27, 2009
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The Winter of Our Discontent
The slide began in September. Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, A.I.G., Fannie and Freddie, GM, Ford, Chrysler, Representatives Tim Mahoney and Charles Rangel, Senator Ted Stevens. Early yesterday we learned of the arrest of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges stemming from trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s vacated senate seat to the highest bidder.  » Read more about: The Winter of Our Discontent  »...
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December 10, 2008