The Moral Is http://kvpr.org en Commentary: CEOs Shouldn't Escape Criminal Charges In Economic Crisis http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-ceos-shouldnt-escape-criminal-charges-economic-crisis <p>While the nation has finally recovered most of the jobs lost in the recession, and the stock market has reached all time highs, if you ask many people, the economic downturn that began in 2008 doesn’t seem all that far away. In this edition of FM89’s commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State Business Law Professor Ida Jones says a five year statute of limitations for those most responsible for the meltdown is a problem.</p><p>----</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:39:18 +0000 Ida Jones 30882 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: CEOs Shouldn't Escape Criminal Charges In Economic Crisis Commentary: News That Reinforces Biases Fails Democracy http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-news-reinforces-biases-fails-democracy <p>There is so much information available to us these days, much written by agencies and entities with unreliable records of objectivity and accuracy, that making informed decisions becomes ever more confusing. In this edition of FM89's commentary series The Moral Is, Dr. Jacques Benninga of Fresno State’s School of Education ponders the fidelity of information-deluge on citizens’ abilities to make important decisions.</p><p>---</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:28:58 +0000 Jacques Benninga 30244 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: News That Reinforces Biases Fails Democracy Commentary: Do You Deserve To Be Happy? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-do-you-deserve-be-happy <p>Do you deserve to be happy?&nbsp; In this segment of FM89's&nbsp;commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State philosophy professor Dr. Andrew Fiala discusses the pursuit of happiness and the question of what we ought to do to be worthy of happiness.</p><p>---</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:20:58 +0000 Joe Moore 30212 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Do You Deserve To Be Happy? Commentary: Response To Multilingual Coke Ad Displays Deep Divide On Immigration http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-response-multilingual-coke-ad-displays-deep-divide-immigration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the issue of comprehensive immigration reform once again stalled in the U.S. House of Representatives, the nation's deep divide on immigration remains vivid. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:55:26 +0000 Diane Blair 29633 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Response To Multilingual Coke Ad Displays Deep Divide On Immigration Commentary: Time For Bailouts To End http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-time-bailouts-end <p>Taxpayers have already bailed out banks during the past several years and now one of them wants to get bailed out again. In this edition of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series The Moral Is, Ida Jones, professor of Business Law at Fresno State, argues that taxpayers should not have to continue to bail out financial institutions that speculated in mortgage securities and then lost when the real estate market collapsed.</p><p>----</p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 03:40:40 +0000 Ida Jones 28162 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Time For Bailouts To End Commentary: Apply Mandela's Vision Of Reconciliation To The Environment http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-apply-mandelas-vision-reconciliation-environment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Despite enduring a lifetime of oppression, Nelson Mandela transformed his nation by seeking reconciliation with his oppressors rather than retribution. In this week’s edition of </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">The Moral Is</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Fresno State Biology Professor </span>Madhusudan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Katti<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> wonders whether the power of reconciliation as a moral principle might save us all from the damage humanity is inflicting on our planet and ourselves.</span></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 03:26:39 +0000 Madhusudan Katti 27399 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Apply Mandela's Vision Of Reconciliation To The Environment Commentary: Schooling in the 21st Century http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-schooling-21st-century <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Schooling in the </span>21<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century will look quite different than that of the past.&nbsp; In this edition of Valley Public Radio’s The Moral Is, Kaye Cummings, Executive Director of the Bonner Family Foundation, explores the changes in curriculum and teachers’ delivery that must occur to meet the needs of the students and the society of the </span>21<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century.</span></p><p>----</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Kaye Bonner Cummings 24393 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Schooling in the 21st Century Commentary: It's Not Too Late For Americans To Rekindle The Flame of Science http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-its-not-too-late-americans-rekindle-flame-science <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">America was once the scientific “City on the Hill”, investing its resources and its capital to improve the world’s physical, social and cultural infrastructure.&nbsp; But in the </span>21<sup>st</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century America seems to have lost its moral compass in this regard. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:09:00 +0000 Madhusudan Katti 23845 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: It's Not Too Late For Americans To Rekindle The Flame of Science Commentary: Privatization Doesn't Always Pay Off http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-privatization-doesnt-always-pay <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Is it more efficient for local and state governments to privatize provision of government services to save money? In this edition of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series The Moral Is Ida Jones, Professor of Business Law at Fresno State argues that there are hidden costs to privatization. Using for-profit prisons as an example, she connects increased privatization to higher long-term social and financial costs.</span></p><p>----</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 22:07:34 +0000 Ida Jones 23846 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Privatization Doesn't Always Pay Off Commentary: Debate Over Syria Highlighted Separation Of Powers http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-debate-over-syria-highlighted-separation-powers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When President Obama asked Congress to make its own decision on invention in the Syrian crisis, it marked a break from other recent military actions, where the commander in chief didn’t seek such approval from the legislative branch. </span></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 22:07:50 +0000 Andrew Fiala 23853 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Debate Over Syria Highlighted Separation Of Powers Commentary: With Climate Change, Are We Trapped By Artifical Boundaries? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-climate-change-are-we-trapped-artifical-boundaries <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As global concerns about climate change continue to grow, could it be that our basic human nature is part of the problem? Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:32:21 +0000 Madhusudan Katti 21124 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: With Climate Change, Are We Trapped By Artifical Boundaries? Commentary: By Fleeing the Country, Did Snowden Act Morally? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-fleeing-country-did-snowden-act-morally <p>Over the past several weeks, we’ve watched as Edward Snowden, the NSA analyst accused of releasing classified government information, escaped to Russia in an attempt to find asylum.&nbsp; Now that his immediate future has been settled, Fresno State professor Jacques Benninga explores the moral implications of his actions in this segment of FM89’s commentary series The Moral Is.</p><p>----</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 17:16:11 +0000 Jacques Benninga 19953 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: By Fleeing the Country, Did Snowden Act Morally? Commentary: With Liberty and Justice For... Some? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-liberty-and-justice-some <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of </span>Trayvon<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Martin has sparked a national </span>dialogue<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> about race and justice. In this edition of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series The Moral Is Ida Jones, Professor of Business Law at Fresno State, says the verdict makes her question our nation’s commitment to the principles of justice and fairness.</span></p><p>--------</p><p>What happened to the principles of justice and fairness the U.S. was supposed to represent?</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 18:07:51 +0000 Ida Jones 19564 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: With Liberty and Justice For... Some? Commentary: Are We Fiddling While the Planet Warms? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-are-we-fiddling-while-planet-warms <p>Can we solve the climate crisis?&nbsp; Are we wise enough?&nbsp; In this segment of Valley Public Radio's commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State philosophy professor Dr. Andrew Fiala asks whether, like Nero, we are fiddling while Rome burns.</p><p>-------</p><p>President Obama recently announced a new initiative on climate change.&nbsp; But will we be able to address climate change in time to prevent the worst that is predicted?&nbsp; I doubt it.&nbsp; Decades of dithering about global warming do not inspire hope.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 23:14:57 +0000 Andrew Fiala 18058 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Are We Fiddling While the Planet Warms? Commentary: Are We Willing to Trade Privacy For Assumed Surveillance? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-are-we-willing-trade-privacy-assumed-surveillance <p>Recent revelations that the government has been monitoring and analyzing phone calls and on-line activities raises questions about the role of Big Data in our lives, especially when it comes to our privacy rights. In this segment of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State communication professor Diane Blair explores the role of digital communication technologies and our own complicity in the loss of personal privacy.</p><p>------</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 03:12:40 +0000 Diane Blair 17418 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Are We Willing to Trade Privacy For Assumed Surveillance? Commentary: Time to Stop the Revolving Door for School Principals http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-time-stop-revolving-door-school-principals <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Each Spring district offices and school boards decide who will lead their schools for the following academic year.&nbsp; Many schools will receive new principals.&nbsp; In this version of The Moral is, Dr. Jacques </span>Benninga<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Fresno State’s School of Education writes that often such important decisions have little research to back them up.</span></p><p>-----</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:44:45 +0000 Jacques Benninga 16792 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Time to Stop the Revolving Door for School Principals Commentary: Are We To Blame For Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-are-we-blame-bangladesh-garment-factory-collapse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The recent collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh has highlighted the globalized nature of today's apparel industry. On this edition of Valley Public Radio's commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State professor&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Madhusudan</span><span style="color: rgb(191, 191, 191); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; font-style: italic; line-height: 16px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Katti says that it's time we look at the true cost of fast fashion.</span></p> Fri, 24 May 2013 21:49:18 +0000 Madhusudan Katti 15697 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Are We To Blame For Bangladesh Garment Factory Collapse? Commentary: When Things Go Wrong, Corporations Need to Take Responsibility http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-when-things-go-wrong-corporations-need-take-responsibility <p>What happens when society fails to care about people? And why do our priorities as individuals differ so much from our actions as businesses and lawmakers? In this edition of Valley Public Radio's&nbsp;commentary series “The Moral Is” Fresno State business law professor Ida Jones says that uncontrolled greed and a civilized society are incompatible.</p><p>----</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 19:46:25 +0000 Ida Jones 14691 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: When Things Go Wrong, Corporations Need to Take Responsibility Commentary: New Curriculum Needs to Focus On the Arts http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-new-curriculum-needs-focus-arts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Later this year, when students return to the classroom after summer break, they’ll be greeted by a new curriculum that aims to replace the goals of No Child Left Behind. On this edition of Valley Public Radio’s commentary series “The Moral Is” Kaye Bonner Cummings says this presents a great opportunity to put the arts back in education.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">...</strong></p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 19:37:40 +0000 Kaye Bonner Cummings 13416 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: New Curriculum Needs to Focus On the Arts Commentary: Attitudes About Role of First Lady Reflect Cultural Expectations http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-attitudes-about-role-first-lady-reflect-cultural-expectations <p></p><p>Shortly after First Lady Michelle Obama took the stage at this year’s Academy Awards, commentators from both Hollywood and inside the beltway erupted with criticism. &nbsp;It was just the latest chapter in a decades old debate about the proper role of the first lady in contemporary society. On this edition of FM89’s commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State communication professor Diane Blair says that when it comes to public praise or criticism, it often tells us more about society as a whole than about the first lady herself.</p><p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 22:56:01 +0000 Diane Blair 13044 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Attitudes About Role of First Lady Reflect Cultural Expectations