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Everyday Ethics
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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It's Ethics Day in Connecticut!


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Governor Jodi Rell has declared today "Ethics Day" in the state of Connecticut - but, when is it ever not "ethics day?"

The daylong ethics conference is mandated by stricter state laws, put in place following the Rowland Administration scandal.  Rell came into office with a mandate to "clean up" a state that had been dubbed "Corrupticut" for it's many high-level officials jailed on corruption charges.  But even her own office has not been free of scandal...just this past week, a report by the Attorney General cleared her chief of staff of any "criminal" wrongdoing in the 2006 election campaign - but pointed to what many people consider "unethical" behavior.

So, what's the difference?  Is ethical behavior driven by laws - or personal conduct?  Can you really teach "integrity?'

Today, where we live, a discussion of ethics with the Executive Director of the Office of State Ethics - and, we'll ask you what ethics really means in our society.

Join the conversation!  Add your suggestions, questions and comments below.  

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CT Public Service Workers' Ethics Proposals


Thank you for devoting the time the issue of ethics deserves, and for the thoughtful discussion on the subject. State workers in CSEA/SEIU Local 2001 have 'blown the whistle' on bureaucratic mismanagement and wasteful outsourcing to the private sector in recent years because corruption weakens our ability to deliver quality services to taxpayers.


Our members have long advocated for laws that empower "whistle-blowers" in public service agencies. In fact, we supported legislation in the General Assembly's 2008 session that would have expanded whistle-blower protections for State workers -- the bill passed the Senate, but never got a vote in the House.


But the answer is more than just better mechanisms for reporting wrong-doing in State government -- our members are pushing real reforms for rooting-out corruption, and have a simple 3-point plan based on results-based accountability:


1. Education: develop ethics training for all levels of the State's workforce, from the rank-and-file to management, political appointees, and elected officials; 


2. Investment: recruit additional Public Integrity Bureau investigators within the Chief State's Attorney's Ofc; and


3. Enforcement: provide the Chief State's Attorney's Ofc with subpoena power in corruption cases.


Rank-and-file State workers are committed to get decision-makers to act on these proposals, which we believe will turn around the current punitive system and create one where corruption is rooted-out before the damage is done.


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Good morning
I have taught a class for teens in the past entitled "choices," which explores the ways the all of us, constantly are making choices.  In this, we also explore the forces that our culture around us might "nudge" us.

Popular culture states that "it doesn't matter."  We find evidence of this in politics, in ethical choices to "look the other way."

My contention in my class, and in general is that a better working mantra is "everything matters." 

Each of us are "becoming" a unique summation of what we hear and see and most of all, the ways that we see people model exemplary behavior.  Ethics is a part of the culture, what is tolerated and what is scorned, and it is both constantly evolving as well as constantly leaving it's footprint on all of us.

We act in ways that our society condones, through it's actions, laws, art, music, and through the choices of our media focus.

just my .02

Along these lines, I recently wrote a song called "everything matters" talking about this subject.


Thank you for a great program!


Arnie Davidson, Songwriter/Producer ASCAP