A selection of articles, op-eds, TV segments, and other media featuring Center staff.
My Valentine to Silicon Valley
In an article for the San Francisco Chronicle, director of Internet Ethics, Irina Raicu, writes a Valentine to Silicon Valley.
"What might look like a 'coastal elite' bubble or a tech bubble from afar looks quite different close up," Raicu said. "Sure, Silicon Valley has much to be criticized for. But it also has much to love."
Supreme Court Nominations
In an article for the San Francisco Chronicle, David DeCosse applies the simple notion of the Golden Rule in evaluating the legitimacy of the Supreme Court.
"In the case of the Senate GOP’s refusal to consider [Obama nominee Merrick] Garland, the departure from fair procedures and the spirit of fair play (which sounds quaint but refers to the ethical glue that keeps us as a people bound by the Constitution) erode the basis of legitimacy," said DeCosse. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
In an article for Denton Record-Chronicle by Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe, Government Ethics Director Hana Callaghan comments on concerns that the daughter of a Denton City Council member has been hired to run a city-funded organization.
Since one of the most important duties elected officials have is the fiduciary duty to taxpayer money, "that means the public comes before your family sometimes," said Callaghan. (Photo Credit: Tomas Gonzalez/DRC)
The Emoluments Clause
In an article for MarketWatch, Hana Callaghan discusses President Trump's ongoing business entanglements with foreign governments.
"You might ask, why should we care if the Trump Organization does business with foreign governments?" said Callaghan. "Public officials have a duty to put the public’s interest before their own. They also have a duty to preserve trust in government by avoiding even the appearance of impropriety. By enriching himself through doing business with foreign governments, the president raises questions about his foreign policy motives.
Silicon Valley Businesses Oppose Travel Ban
In an interview that ran on both KGO and KOFY, Ann Skeet discussed the decision of various Silicon Valley businesses to formally oppose President Trump's executive order temporarily banning citizens of seven countries from entering the United States.
"Leaders who are gonna have the most impact in terms of being ethical leaders are gonna put some energy into the design of the system that they're operating within and they're gonna accept some responsibility for that," said Skeet.
Distrust in the Media
In a KALW program, Sally Lehrman participated on a panel discussing America's continued and increasing distrust in the media and how the economics of journalism might be undermining our trust in the press.
"We look to these basic traditional types of news organizations for information but we're also getting information through these mediums and news distribution platforms...such as Facebook, and Google search and Twitter," Lehrman said. "So that's why it's important to think about where are we really getting our information because it's coming from the news organizations that are producing it, but then it can be distributed through a lot of different means and in this environment sometimes it's hard to tell where the informtion is coming from and whether you're really looking at a news article produced through traditional journalistic practices and ethical practices." (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Changing Opinions on MLB's Suspected Steroid Users
In an article for The Christian Science Monitor by Ben Rosen, Director of Leadership Ethics Ann Skeet weighs in on the the prospect of more MLB players suspected of steroid use getting voted into the Hall of Fame.
"Ann Skeet agrees these players’ induction into the Hall of Fame sends the wrong message to young fans, but says one solution is players publicly acknowledging their decisions to use PEDs was wrong." (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Tech Industry Takes a Stand
In an article by Michelle Quinn for VOA, Kirk Hanson comments on the stance many Silicon Valley companies have taken against President Trump's travel ban.
“The tech industry is the natural rallying point for the global values that most of America espouses,” said Hanson. “It's a self-interested battle because the industry is the most diverse by national origin compared to any industry in the U.S. and is a substantial user of temporary visas. This is an issue they are ready to address.” (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Wilbur Ross's Potential Conflict of Interest
In an article for The Wall Street Journal by Dawn Lim and Chris Cumming, Hana Callaghan comments on the business interests of Wilbur Ross, commerce secretary nominee, and what he would need to do to free himself of any ethics concerns.
According to Callaghan, Ross ought to “leave all the boards, sell everything and invest the proceeds in a blind trust with an independent manager.” (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Catholic Relief Efforts in Fukushima
In an article for National Catholic Reporter, Director of Campus Ethics David DeCosse writes about the ongling Catholic relief efforts to assist those affected by the 2011 tragedies of the Great East Japan earthquake and the subsequent tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown.
"However far the repair of the physical environment has gone, the repair of the spirit remains a profound challenge," DeCosse writes.