Commentary 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: Politicans Can't Escape Human Nature When It Comes To Receiving Gifts http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-politicans-cant-escape-human-nature-when-it-comes-receiving-gifts <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While their professional organizations discourage physicians from accepting gifts from corporations that may unduly influence their professional practice, no such strictures apply to gifting our politicians.&nbsp; In this &nbsp;edition of </span>FM89's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> commentary series </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Moral Is</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, philosophy professor Christopher Meyers of CSU Bakersfield says the public should also be wary of the &nbsp;continues his earlier theme on the impact of the possible ramifica Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:00:32 +0000 Christopher Meyers 35450 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Politicans Can't Escape Human Nature When It Comes To Receiving Gifts 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: Just How Much Does California Want To Do For The San Joaquin Valley? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-just-how-much-does-california-want-do-san-joaquin-valley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s not clear if Governor Jerry Brown and his challenger Neel Kashkari will debate each other this fall. But if they do, there should be no doubt about the proper location for any and all debates: the San Joaquin Valley.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:01:42 +0000 Joe Mathews - Zocalo Public Square 35387 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Just How Much Does California Want To Do For The San Joaquin Valley? Commentary: San Joaquin Valley Counties Need To Work Together To Curb Sprawl http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-san-joaquin-valley-counties-need-work-together-curb-sprawl <p>I studied to become a civil engineer with the goal of building grand things, like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Hoover Dam, and Interstate freeways. Thanks to two inspiring professors, late in my college years I began to think about the unanticipated consequences of these major engineering projects, from the displacement of homes and businesses to pollution and traffic.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 18:41:28 +0000 Alex Karner 34975 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: San Joaquin Valley Counties Need To Work Together To Curb Sprawl Commentary: Forget San Francisco - Build The George Lucas Museum In The San Joaquin Valley http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-forget-san-francisco-build-george-lucas-museum-san-joaquin-valley <p>In California, we have high standards, especially when it comes to development. Whether it’s a new warehouse or an apartment building, the bigger the project, the lengthier and more complicated its gestation. Nowhere is the issue more evident than in San Francisco. Just ask George Lucas.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:34:05 +0000 Joe Moore 34034 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Forget San Francisco - Build The George Lucas Museum In The San Joaquin Valley 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: Planada Teens Organize For Bike, Pedestrian Safety http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-planada-teens-organize-bike-pedestrian-safety <p>We live in Planada, California, a small, unincorporated town of 4,500 people nine miles into the croplands outside Merced. In December 2012, we joined a youth group here organized by the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program that meets every Friday after school. Although Jonathan is only 14 and Uriel is 13, we’ve become regulars at county planning meetings: We want to figure out how to make Planada’s streets safe.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 23:37:28 +0000 Jonathan Hernandez & Uriel Sanchez 28930 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Planada Teens Organize For Bike, Pedestrian Safety Commentary: California Should Go 'Rogue' Like Fresno http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-california-should-go-rogue-fresno <p>I’m not talking about secession or flying Sarah Palin down from Alaska but about what may be the most important California arts event most Californians have never heard of: Fresno’s Rogue Festival. Founded more than a decade ago in the backyard of artist Marcel Nunis, the independent festival brings thousands of people from around the country and the world to Fresno the first two weekends of March for hundreds of performances in a dozen different venues. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:11:45 +0000 Joe Mathews 28651 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: California Should Go 'Rogue' Like Fresno 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: Hmong Girls Feel Pressure To Be "Thick" http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-hmong-girls-feel-pressure-be-thick <p><span style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Popular culture and traditional values often differ when it comes to perspective on healthy weight for girls. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:24:11 +0000 Ezra David Romero 28038 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Hmong Girls Feel Pressure To Be "Thick" Commentary: Time To Save The Sierra's Vanishing Trails http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-time-save-sierras-vanishing-trails <p>One of the great things about living in California’s Central Valley is the easy access to one of the great mountain ranges of the world, the Sierra Nevada, and its beautiful forests. Unfortunately, through no fault of anyone in the valley, that access is being threatened.</p><p>As a lifelong Californian, I’ve grown to love the mountains so much that I’ve done volunteer work in the forests of the Sierra for the past 15 years. And over that time, I’ve seen a dramatic shift in the condition of the forests. The problems are twofold: a lack of funding, and a lack of personnel.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:25:49 +0000 Ken Murray for Zocalo Public Square 27537 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Time To Save The Sierra's Vanishing Trails 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