-December 9, 2013-
3:00 -- Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner sentenced, but media can't seem to determine his political affiliation. The Panthers' horrible showing in New Orleans, why leftists believe Obamacare will work, and why one progressive says Canada's death panels should be emulated.
4:00 --NC Secretary of Education June Atkinson says voucher money could go to "schools of terror" - when asked about a private Christian schools stance against gay marriage. Plus, NC Republicans say they'll try to get teachers a pay raise, Budget Director Art Pope responds to leftist picketings of his family's store. Meanwhile, Congressional leaders are in budget talks.
5:00 -- One in five Americans will be "rich" for some period in their lives. And would you rather have your dream job making $40,000 or the worst job - but making $150,000?
-December 10, 2013
3:00 -- President Obama shakes a communist's hand and poses for a "selfie" at the memorial for Nelson Mandela. Outrage ensues.
4:00 -- Mark Keller & Rick Phillips join us in studio to preview tomorrow night's Hometown Holiday Jam at the Orange Peel. Plus, Janet Casperson from Blue Ridge Bear Yogurt & Espresso tells about their "Joe for Joes" care package drive they're running. Stop by and donate to help send sweets & coffee to troops in Afghanistan.
5:00 -- More on the "Selfie seen around the world." Plus, NC DHHS software problems are completely different than the Obamacare website problems because ... well ... the GOP is in charge of the NC government while Democrats are in charge of the national failure.
-December 11, 2013
-December 12, 2013
-December 13, 2013
Generally speaking, I detest the (over-) use of the word "accountability." It seems like people use it way too often with little coherent understanding of what it would actually demand.
And maybe that's part of the problem.
For it seems we've entered an age where people charged with the public trust do all sorts of unethical things, but suffer no professional repercussions. There is no accountability. What's worse - nobody seems to care.
I recall a time in my life (and I'm not even 40 yet) when if a man committed a particularly immoral or unethical act, he would be shamed and shunned. If he were in the public eye, his career would be over and he'd resign out of sheer embarrassment. Not to mention, the damage that would be suffered by the institution for which he worked.
I offer you two recent examples.
Releasing Level One detainees is OK
In February, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials admitted they released "several hundred" detainees. They said it was due to federal sequestration budget cuts.
It turned out that "several hundred" was actually more than 2,000. But not to worry - the released detainees weren't violent offenders.
Except, it turned out some of them were Level One offenders. And under questioning by Congress, ICE officials back-pedaled on the storyline that the detainees were released because the agency had no choice but to turn offenders loose in order to comply with the sequestration.
So, we have government officials releasing people with criminal histories in order to score political points? Public safety jeopardized for a budgetary power play.
Someone should have been shamed into resignation.
Board packing is ok, too
Next, take the local example of A-B Tech President Hank Dunn, who orchestrated the appointment of a Madison County Commissioner to the college's Board of Trustees, specifically to block the appointment of Buncombe County Commissioner Mike Fryar.
Fryar has been a vocal critic of the way Dunn campaigned and won a 1/4-cent sales tax in Buncombe in 2011. State law prohibits more than one County Commissioner from serving on any community college Board of Trustees. Rushing through an appointment and swearing-in of a Madison County Commissioner prevented Fryar from being seated the day he won a unanimous appointment.
This past Thursday afternoon, Dunn met in closed session with the Board of Trustees for about two hours. Neither the Board nor Dunn gave any statement after adjourning.
Friday, Dunn issued a statement saying he regretted his mistake.
“My actions arising over the appointment of a new trustee resulted in widespread concerns and criticisms,” Dunn wrote in a statement released to the media Friday.
“In re-examining this decision, I realize in retrospect that I made a mistake. Although I was concerned with the best interest of the College from a philosophical standpoint, I truly regret my mistake,” the statement says.
No actual apology. No punishment. No offer to make amends to Fryar or undo the manipulation in which he engaged.
I suspect there will be damage to A-B Tech's reputation. I wonder how many local businesses will be willing to get involved with such an administration or Board that plays fast and loose with ethical standards.
It appears as if Dunn placed himself above the institution for which he's supposed to be a steward.
Again, in another era, the shame of being caught doing something like this would've been enough to prompt a resignation. If not that, termination.
But that era is, apparently, long gone.