Category Archives: News and Events

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VA Secretary and His Wimbledon Excursion

The Inspector General came out with his report on Veteran Administration Secretary David Shulkin’s July trip to Europe. You can read the full report here: https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-17-05909-106.pdf. Herewith, some highlights: 1. Less than two weeks before the 11-day trip began, the … Continue reading

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ICE Lawyer is Charged with Identity Theft

Now there’s a headline that is a tad disconcerting. New York Times, February 15, 2018, p. A21. Raphael A. Sanchez, the top lawyer for immigration in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement field office in Seattle was charged with wire fraud … Continue reading

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“Greed is a growth industry, and it always will be.”

from the late Melvyn Weiss, a plaintiff’s lawyer whose firm (Milberg Weiss) recovered an estimated $20 billion in damages for corporate fraud for shareholders. Ironically, Mr. Weiss ended up in federal prison for 30 months for funneling money to investors … Continue reading

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The Ethicist’s Analysis of Cheating

A middle-school young ‘un wrote into The New York Times“The Ethicist” column (Sunday, February 11, 2018), which appears courtesy of Kwame Anthony Appaiah. This poor little soul had witnessed friends cheating on a test when the teacher left the room. … Continue reading

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The Health Curse: Conflicts and Ethics

Tom Price was replaced as Health and Human Services(HHS)secretary after news reports of his ownership of health-care related stocks surfaced. Conflicts, conflicts. Mr. Price was replaced by now secretary Alex Azar. Poor Mr. Azar had to show Brenda Fitzgerald, the … Continue reading

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Feds Order Wells Fargo to Get 4 New Board Members

Despite the fact that Wells had already shuffled its board once, the Federal Reserve is now requiring Wells Fargo to remove at least four of its current directors. The Feds’ concern? Eight of the current directors were on the board … Continue reading

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If the Patriots Are on the Field, You Can Bet Something Shady, Gray-Areaish, or Slick Is Going On

There was a revealing, and, as yet, unnoticed moment in yesterday’s Super Bowl game, that was most revealing about the character of Tom Brady. The Barometer’s husband and son began hooting during the fourth quarter about the play that resulted … Continue reading

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A Tapestry of Profiles in Courage

Putting political leanings aside — the State of the Union provided a tapestry of profiles in courage that brought tears, and, at once, feelings of awe and shame. Awe for the heroic acts and commitment to values, jobs, service, and … Continue reading

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Ten Monkeys and Volkswagen Diesel Emissions, As Measured by Volkswagen, and You Know How That Goes

In order to establish that diesel emissions were not harmful, Volkswagen got a lab in Albuquerque, put 10 monkeys in airtight chambers (with cartoons playing to entertain them), and then pumped in emissions from a VW Beetle. The goal was … Continue reading

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Cuts in Line: The Seat-Savers on Southwest

You know them — they board Southwest Airlines flights — the airline with no assigned seats. Then, they save seats for their friends who are coming on later because they have a lower number or a different boarding group. And, … Continue reading

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“Unions are not unique. . . . You can’t train people to be ethical. It’s just access to money.”

Professor Peter Henning, Wayne State University and former federal prosecutor. The Barometer realizes that prosecutors develop a certain cynicism over the years. However, the good professor is just wrong. Even if we accept his premise that you cannot train people … Continue reading

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The Grade-School Phenomenon of Doing Nothing To Help

Dr. Christian Miller, a professor of philosophy at Wake Forest University has a new book, “The Character Gap: How Good Are We?” The book tackles the testy issue of getting ourselves to behave better in many situations, including those in … Continue reading

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Right and Wrong in 1907: Help For Us Today

In his book “The Ethics of the Dust,” John Ruskin has a series of essays that consist of a teacher’s discussions with school girls about ethics. In the essay entitled, “Crystal Virtues,” one of the young women asks, “Well, but … Continue reading

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When You Know the World Will Go On: The Teacher Who Made Scarves for 650 Students

Jeffrey Thomas, in his first year as a special ed teacher in Indianapolis, was taken aback when he saw some of his students wearing only a sweatshirt in freezing Indianapolis weather. Some men see things and ask why. Other men, … Continue reading

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