The Moral Is http://kvpr.org en Commentary: It's Time To End Corporate Personhood http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-its-time-end-corporate-personhood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s been a great deal of news lately about the way money and politics interact and wind up influencing our system of governance. In today’s edition of FM89’s commentary series The Moral Is, Fresno State Business Law Professor Ida Jones says democracy works best when persons vote with their ballots and not when corporations vote with their money.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">----</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:18:13 +0000 Ida Jones 36196 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: It's Time To End Corporate Personhood Commentary: Climate Change Raises Tough Ethical Questions http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-climate-change-raises-tough-ethical-questions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Jerry Brown recently said, “humanity is on a collision course with nature.”&nbsp; He was referring to climate change and the early advent of the fire season here in California.&nbsp; In related remarks, Brown said we have to “live with nature.”</span></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:00:23 +0000 Andrew Fiala 35451 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Climate Change Raises Tough Ethical Questions Commentary: It's Not Just Physicians Who Are Influenced By Gift Giving http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-its-not-just-physicians-who-are-influenced-gift-giving <p>The same human characteristics that build community can also work against its well-being. As humans, we give back to those who are kind to us and we feel indebted to those who show us kindness. &nbsp;In this edition of FM89’s&nbsp;commentary series <em>The Moral Is</em>, philosophy professor Christopher Meyers of CSU Bakersfield argues that our disposition for reciprocity can work against the common good.&nbsp;</p><p>----</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:29:02 +0000 Christopher Meyers 33962 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: It's Not Just Physicians Who Are Influenced By Gift Giving Commentary: What Is Death? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-what-death <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should parents have to option to determine the definition of death for their children? </span>Jahi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>McMath’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> case has motivated that question, along with a host of associated ethical concerns. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 04:07:20 +0000 Christopher Meyers 33629 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: What Is Death? Commentary: Education Key To Ending Sexual Assaults On Campus http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-education-key-ending-sexual-assaults-campus <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this month the Obama administration released the names of 55 colleges and universities under investigation for their handling of sexual assault complaints.&nbsp; The problem of sexual assault and rape on college campuses is significant.&nbsp; In this edition of The Moral Is, Fresno State communication professor Diane Blair says a culture change in this area will require education, and a lot more.&nbsp;</span></p><p>----</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 20:07:17 +0000 Diane Blair 32975 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Education Key To Ending Sexual Assaults On Campus Commentary: Common Core's Emphasis On Process Overlooks Important Content http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-common-cores-emphasis-process-overlooks-important-content <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the latest political footballs in 2014 is in the world of education and specially the new curriculum that many states have adopted, including California. But beyond the concerns of those of some on the right that Common Core is a federal takeover of education, others are asking different questions. Tue, 06 May 2014 19:44:28 +0000 Jacques Benninga 32276 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Common Core's Emphasis On Process Overlooks Important Content 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?