Publisher Grant Miller Andrew Jackson didn’t invent the spoils system, but he made it the cornerstone of his term as President. It didn’t matter how competent you were, if you were a Jackson loyalist, a public servant was fired, and you were handed his job. For almost 50 years, the election of a new President saw the wholesale sacking of government employees and their replacement with party hacks. The passage of the Pendleton Act in 1883 reformed civil service, replacing spoils system with a nonpartisan merit scheme. (This isn’t a commentary on what is happening in Washington today.) Miami-Dade College is in the midst of trying to find a replacement for retiring President Eduardo Padrón and how they are doing it would make Andrew Jackson proud. The process started off well enough and seemed open and transparent. In February of this year Padrón announced his retirement. Three criteria for applicants were adopted: a Ph.D. from a regionally … [Read more...] about Do The Right Thing, Miami-Dade College Board
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.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Making Albuquerque a better place – whether through compassion, legal assistance, philanthropy or good food – is the common thread among those who won this year’s Ethics in Business awards.The annual awards honor individuals, businesses and nonprofits that show a devotion to ethical principles.“It may seem a little basic, but we’re looking for ethical practices that are put in place … and a commitment to those ethical practices,” said Eric Weinstein, chairman of the committee that made the selections. “We also looked for commitment to the community and having demonstrated that over time.”The 20th annual award presentations will be the focus of a banquet on April 25 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque. The program is … [Read more...] about Doing the right thing
“One line is too much,” a Florida friend told me 40 years ago, “and one kilo is not enough.” He was warning me about the dangers of cocaine (which I more or less avoided), but he didn’t touch on other expensive, life-altering, career-endangering, mind-destroying addictive behaviors. Consider running for elected office, particularly for an unpaid position. After four campaigns (two successful) I finally kicked the habit in 1997, and I’ve stayed clean since. Alas, our biennial city council elections have once again brought out a full slate of weary addicts as well as a few newcomers eager to serve their city. Watch out, guys — you might actually get elected. And although the position comes with a certain amount of responsibility and prestige, it comes without fame, fortune and millions of Twitter followers. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s unlikely victory may have propelled her to the political penthouse, but yours will dump you in the outhouse. … [Read more...] about So you want to do the right thing?
LANCE HYDE of EQT shares a moment with one of his suppliers, Dennis Garrett, CEO of Blue Lake – Pacifica Energy Group LLC, the recipient of the Class II Supplier of the Year Award. (Photo by Diane I. Daniels) The last few months at EQT Corporation have been quite busy. Their Supplier Diversity Initiative has been recognized for their accomplishments, it has separated into two publicly-traded companies and a new president and chief executive officer has been appointed. When hearing EQT’s name called as the winner of the Corporation of the Year Award by the National Minority Supplier Development Council, Donald “Blue” Jenkins said, “I was humbled and honored to be part of EQT’s recognition for this very prestigious award. I was very pleased for EQT to be recognized at a national level for our ongoing dedication to supplier diversity in our operational footprint. We have been very committed for several years to the diversity program, and to be … [Read more...] about EQT’s doing ‘the right work, the right way, for the right reasons’—wins award for supplier diversity
COLUMBIA — After Hurricane Florence dealt its historic blow, thousands of volunteers descended upon the Carolinas to help.They came from Alaska. They came from Hawaii. They came from the Midwest and the Northeast. Included among them are store managers, truck drivers, faith leaders and teachers.Several thousands arrived to provide around-the-clock assistance for victims of the storm that rained 11 trillion gallons of water on the area, swallowed small-town neighborhoods and left at least nine dead in South Carolina.The volunteers left behind families and paychecks to work long days for free. Some bunk in emergency shelters. Others helped with water rescues, hooking their airboats or skiffs up to trailers at the end of the day to sleep in their trucks.Those who didn’t travel to the area have sent help in other ways.Local churches and charities from Columbia to Charleston loaded vans with supplies and shipped them to hard-hit areas in the Pee Dee. Grocery stores and … [Read more...] about Florence recovery bolstered by thousands of volunteers. ‘It’s the right thing to do.’