From the Vault

Published: July 27, 2020

By Jim Lichtman
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Courtesy Dan Piraro –

Back on it, September 8, 2020!

While I’m on vacation, I thought I would go to the vault for commentaries from times past. It’s Ethics, Stupid began in 2008, so I’ll start there.

The JanitorMarch 2008: Watching George Clooney in Michael Clayton, I quickly picked-up on the ethical aspects common in several of his films.

January 20, 2009 – January 2009: Barack Obama’s inaugural speech. A clarion call for honesty, integrity, compassion, respect and responsibility.

Mr. Cool – September 2016: Lessons golf legend Arnold Palmer learned from his dad.

World Citizenship – May 2010: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation leader, David Krieger, reveals his commitment to his cause.

Is Honesty the Best Policy in an Unjust World? — March 2014: New Hampshire students answer a question we all face, from time to time.

Seattle’s Best — June 2008: Radio psychiatrist, Frasier Crane, shows us how easy it is to compromise our integrity when we want something… badly!

What Would Philip Do? – October 2008: How do you handle the flood of ethics scandals in Washington, DC? Ask the conscience of the Senate.

Leaning InMarch 2013: The Bing Crosby classic, “The Bells of St. Mary’s,” is more than a heartwarming story as kindly Father O’Malley, skirts a few ethical issues.

Good Call, FOX Sports! – October 2013: When Kansas City Royals starting pitcher, Edinson Volquez, took the mound for the first game of the World Series, Fox Sports commentator Ken Rosenthal kept a secret until the game was over. Right call, Ken!

Memorial Day, 2011 – May 2011: Army surgeon John Baldwin’s remarkable life and death story in an Army surgical unit in Vietnam.

My Time with Mother – December 2008: Pianist, composer Bradley James talks about his time with Mother Teresa.

Trust and the Media – June 2014: The days of Walter Cronkite are long gone. Will we ever see a return of trust in the media?

That Night in Vietnam… and Those That Followed – May 2019: A gripping, true story about Army Specialist Dennis Haines whose life changed in a flash.

What Do We Stand For?November 2019: The words of British-born American patriot and writer, Thomas Paine, are more relevant that ever.

Imagine – December 2019: The John Lennon song inspired words that tell us who we really are.

Let’s Be the Change — June 2018: Anger is not a strategy against a bully.

Don’t Read This! – February 2020: Taking me to task.

I will return after Labor Day. Take care and Stay Safe!


  1. A lie can make it halfway around the world, while the truth is still putting his shoes on. Lol

    Well I for one, am very pleased to know that we have a truth-teller in you, Mr. Jim.
    May you continue to be blessed, and safe.

    I love you.

  2. Great articles and links.

    In Mary Trump’s book, “Too much and Never Enough,” she said Fred Trump prided himself on lying and deceit. Unfortunately, his son and our “leader” uses three skills: “self-aggrandizement, lying and sleight of hand.”

    Lets hope this country can move up, beyond and forward soon…

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